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Experts say Asian Carp Still a Danger for Lake Erie and Ohio

October 22, 2010

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Voracious eaters and prolific breeders, Asian carp pose a tremendous threat to Lake Erie. Efforts continue on many fronts to stop the invasive species from entering the Great Lakes ecosystem, where experts fear the fish could destroy the bottom end of the food chain and cause economic and ecological disasters.

According to Andy Buchsbaum, regional executive director of the National Wildlife Federation, while much focus has been on the carp infesting Lake Michigan, Lake Erie is also in danger.

"Lake Erie would be an ideal habitat for Asian carp. If this species finds its way to Lake Erie, folks in Ohio will have a much bigger problem than anywhere else in the Great Lakes."

Buchsbaum describes this scenario: The fish could get to Lake Erie during floods, when Asian carp in the Wabash River could wash into tributaries of the Maumee River in Ohio that lead directly to Lake Erie. While controlling flooding is important, he also urges the acceleration of plans to shut off Chicago canals from Lake Michigan. In the long term, a permanent physical barrier is needed between Chicago channels and Lake Michigan to stop invasive species from the Mississippi River from entering the Great Lakes, he advises.

The new Asian carp director for President Obama's Council on Environmental Quality, John Goss, says
dozens of proactive anti-Asian carp strategies are in the works.

"We're looking at pathways that might potentially connect in the state of Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota and so on, in addition to the Chicago area waterway where the primary focus has been."

Some estimate the carp could cause nearly $7 billion in damages to the fishing industry if the species becomes established in the region's waterways.

Mary Kuhlman, Public News Service - OH