Asian Carp may harm
Lake Erie ecosystem
CLEVELAND -- A fish
that could take over the Great Lakes is heading up the
Mississippi River and is now just 25 miles from Lake Michigan.
Asian Carp are flying fish which eat everything in their
path, consuming about 40 times their body weight.
By filtering or injesting
everything they touch, they could eat all the smaller
species in the lake and starve the others.
"The Asian Carp are
so good and so fast at comsuming these materials, that
basically what they do is push out the other species,"
said Joe Keiper of the Natural History Museum.
That means not just
the ecosystem but the economy is hurt when the Great Lakes
don't have any more bass, walleye, perch, and trout.
Asian Carp are big,
slippery, and hard to handle. They can be about four feet
long and 150 pounds.
The carp were raised
for food in ponds in the south but flooding swept them
into the Mississippi River and they headed northward at
a rate of 50 miles a year.
An electric barrier
has been installed at the mouth of Lake Michigan, but
that may not be enough, which means Lake Erie won't stay
The Great Lakes Commission
held their annual meeting in Cleveland this week. They're
asking the federal government for money to put up additional
barriers to protect the Great Lakes from the carp.
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