Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Environment - "Uh-oh: Asian carp reproduce in Great Lakes watershed"
John Flesher's AP story in the Lafayette Courier Journal reports today:
Scientists said Monday that they have, for the first time, documented that an Asian carp species has successfully reproduced within the Great Lakes watershed.
That’s an ominous development in the struggle to slam the door on the hungry invaders that could threaten native fish. * * *
[B]ecause all Asian carp species require similar conditions to reproduce successfully, the Sandusky River discovery suggests it’s likely that any of them could spawn there and in many other Great Lakes tributaries, said Duane Chapman, a USGS fisheries biologist and member of the research team. * * *
John Goss, who heads the White House Council on Environmental Quality’s Asian carp program, said sterile grass carp have been found in the Great Lakes for years.
But the discovery that they can reproduce within the watershed “reinforces why we must continue to execute the aggressive strategy to keep silver and bighead carp out of the Great Lakes that we have been pursuing for the past three and a half years,” said Goss, a former director of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
Posted by Marcia Oddi on October 29, 2013 09:05 AM
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