Thursday, June 24, 2010

Wicked Asian Carp

Single Asian carp found 6 miles from Lake Michigan

An Asian carp was found for the first time beyond electric barriers meant to keep the voracious invasive species out of the Great Lakes, state and federal officials said Wednesday, prompting renewed calls for swift action to block their advance.

Commercial fishermen landed the 3-foot-long, 20-pound bighead carp in Lake Calumet on Chicago's South Side, about six miles from Lake Michigan, according to the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee.

Officials said they need more information to determine the significance of the find.
"The threat to the Great Lakes depends on how many have access to the lakes, which depends on how many are in the Chicago waterway right now," said John Rogner, assistant director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

But environmental groups said the discovery leaves no doubt that other Asian carp have breached barriers designed to prevent them from migrating from the Mississippi River system to the Great Lakes and proves the government needs to act faster.

"If the capture of this live fish doesn't confirm the urgency of this problem, nothing will," said Andy Buchsbaum, director of the National Wildlife Federation's Great Lakes office.

For those of you not familiar with Asian carp, let this Illinoisan enlighten you. I have had first hand encounters with this fish here on the Illinois river and I can tell you they are some of the most wicked fish in the world. The bastards attack anything that moves on the surface of the water, many times jumping clear out of the water at you while you're on the boat. A few people have been killed because they've been hit so hard. Not only that, but they eat, and eat, and eat, and eat. These things have already taken over the entire river and if they get into Lake Michigan, there is no stopping them.

Just to give you an idea of how vicious the carp are here's a perfect example:


Christopher - Conservative Perspective said...

Just another example of Hussein protecting his union thugs and corprate whores in Chicago, they are the ones who control the lochs that need to be shut to prevent the Asian Carp from entering Lake Michigan.

Fredd said...

The asian carp is a pest here, but is a major food source in Asia. There's a great way to keep this fish population under control, but the Democrat dopes who run this state will have none of it: commercialize it.

Pay fishermen so many bucks per pound for them intially, the the private sector will take over once they see the $$$, (and there's a huge market for this stuff overseas, and in Asian populations here as well), and you can bet the farm that the population of this fish will be kept down, big time. They are so easy to catch, that before long with the market price on their head, the fish and game will probably start issuing tags.

But the dumb ass Democrats that rule Illinois would rather see this thing take over the Great Lakes, than use a market driven solution (solutions such as this are completely foreign to Dumbocrats).

Gorges Smythe said...

I wouldn't worry too much; if the crocs don't get them, the Loch Michigan Monster will. All it will have to do is follow motor boats around and catch them as they fly up from the stern.