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Lawmakers outlaw importing Asian carp to the United States to protect Great Lakes
Cleveland.com ^ | December 01, 2010, 5:27 PM | Sabrina Eaton, The Plain Dealer

Posted on 12/02/2010 6:38:04 AM PST by Skeez

WASHINGTON, D.C. --The U.S. House of Representatives adopted a bill Wednesday that makes it a criminal offense to import voracious Asian carp into the United States.

The giant carp, which can weigh as much as 100 lbs., were legally imported to fish farms along the Mississippi River during the 1970s, but escaped during floods and spread north into Illinois. They consume vast amounts of food and could destroy Great Lakes fisheries if they evade barriers around Chicago that were designed to block them from entering the lakes.

Share Tweet 12 Comments The bill passed the House by voice vote after unanimously passing the U.S. Senate last month.

"It is our hope this will help deter further intentional or accidental introduction of the species into our waterways," Michigan Democratic Rep. John Conyers said.

"These ferocious fish prey on and compete with native species for food," added Illinois Republican Rep. Judy Biggert. "They can quickly displace native species, destroy fishing habitats and threaten maritime jobs."

The bill ads the carp to a list of species prohibited from import to the United States by the Lacey Act. The other undesirable immigrants on the Lacey Act list include snakehead fish, zebra mussels and Chinese mitten crabs. Violators can be fined up to $10,000.

The bill's Senate cosponsors included Ohioans George Voinovich, a Republican, and Sherrod Brown, a Democrat.

"Lake Erie is a national treasure and an irreplaceable resource for millions of Ohioans who rely on it for jobs, drinking water, fishing and boating," Brown said after the Senate vote. "Asian carp continues to pose a threat to this jewel of the Great Lakes and one of the most important fresh water fisheries in the world."


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: asiancarp; carp; cleveland; greatlakes

1 posted on 12/02/2010 6:38:09 AM PST by Skeez
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To: Las Vegas Dave

Ohio Ping


2 posted on 12/02/2010 6:38:51 AM PST by Whenifhow
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To: Skeez

The horse has been out of the barn on this one for quite some time. Of course if anyone can figure out a use for the darn things we have plenty of them here in Illinois.


3 posted on 12/02/2010 6:40:35 AM PST by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: Whenifhow
[Horse out of the barn ping]

Let's pass a law making it illegal to fly commercial jets into buildings.

4 posted on 12/02/2010 6:40:54 AM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: Skeez

Such foresightedness and bravery! Now they should gird their loins and forbid Kudzu!


5 posted on 12/02/2010 6:42:24 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Pablo lives jubtabulously!)
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To: GonzoGOP

if they could be de-boned easily, they would make a good dish.


6 posted on 12/02/2010 6:43:21 AM PST by Skeez (O)
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To: Skeez

They make good fish meal fertilizer. They are certainly a hazard on the IL river. A jumping carp can spoil your whole day zooming along.


7 posted on 12/02/2010 6:50:00 AM PST by Oldexpat
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To: Oldexpat

I’ve seen the show on Discovery Chanel or History... Man, those things are nasty.


8 posted on 12/02/2010 6:52:06 AM PST by Skeez (O)
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To: Skeez
Nothing like shutting the barn door after 50-million horses have escaped.
9 posted on 12/02/2010 6:52:17 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (DEFCON I ALERT: The federal cancer has metastasized. All personnel report to their battle stations.)
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To: GonzoGOP

The US ships carp to China for food.


10 posted on 12/02/2010 6:55:13 AM PST by Colvin (Proud Owner '66 Binder PU, '66 Binder Travelall,)
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To: Whenifhow

“hioans George Voinovich, a Republican, and Sherrod Brown, a Democrat.”

A pair of dipsh!ts my state could do without! May they both be smacked on their empty heads by an Asian Carp!


11 posted on 12/02/2010 6:57:57 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Skeez

12 posted on 12/02/2010 6:59:30 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: GonzoGOP
Of course if anyone can figure out a use for the darn things we have plenty of them here in Illinois.

From the Wikipedia entry on 'Asian Carp' which is of more than one type: "Asian Carp have been a popular food fish in China for thousands of years. Most people in North America refuse to try eating them because they think of the common Grass Carp, commonly used to keep ponds clean, which are bottom feeders and have a bitter and unappealing taste for most. The pearly white flesh - complicated by a series of bones - is said to taste like Cod or described as tasting like a cross between Scallops and Crabmeat. They are low in mercury because they don’t eat other fish."

13 posted on 12/02/2010 7:06:06 AM PST by decimon
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To: Skeez
"Whatever you do, don't go back in the water. I just took a big dump"


14 posted on 12/02/2010 7:09:09 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: UCANSEE2

lol


15 posted on 12/02/2010 7:11:19 AM PST by Skeez (O)
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To: Oldexpat
A jumping carp can spoil your whole day zooming along.

Fisherman: "Oh $#!+ , it's the carps"

Asian Carp: "Purr ower fewwow. You speedwing frew a 'school' zone"

(source: http://www.absolutemichigan.com/dig/michigan/michigan-invasive-species-asian-carp/)

16 posted on 12/02/2010 7:16:20 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: GonzoGOP

Of course if anyone can figure out a use for the darn things

see “Mickey D’s Filet-O-Fish”...


17 posted on 12/02/2010 7:39:19 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Skeez
I like the closing line of the Wikipedia article about Asian carp:

In order to make the fish more appealing to US consumers, the fish have been renamed Silverfin or Kentucky Tuna.

18 posted on 12/02/2010 8:16:22 AM PST by AZLiberty (Yes, Mr. Lennon, I do want a revolution.)
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To: Skeez
Violators can be fined up to $10,000.

Fines are looked upon as a cost of doing business. Try a 1-5 year jail term in the State Pen, especially the CEO if a company is involved.

19 posted on 12/02/2010 8:47:48 AM PST by Oatka ("A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves." –Bertrand de Jouvenel)
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To: Whenifhow; ADemocratNoMore; Akron Al; arbee4bush; agrace; ATOMIC_PUNK; Badeye; Bikers4Bush; ...

Ohio ping..


20 posted on 12/02/2010 2:07:02 PM PST by Las Vegas Dave (To anger a Conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a Liberal, tell him the truth.)
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