I don't like to get political on the site but I am going to urge every one of you to phone, write or EMail every State, Provincial or Federal politician regarding the invasion of the Asian Carp. If you aren't familiar check the link at the bottom. There are 3 distinct varieties of Asian Carp, they are voracious eaters and grow incredibly fast. From birth to 2 years they can attain weight of 120 lbs. They squeeze the food supply for other fish specie. In just over 10 years they have overtaken the Mississippi and Tennesee River systems and are into the Chicago River. I understand that in some areas there are upwards of 100,000 per acre and no other fish survives there. They are also jumpers and have caused many injuries but no known deaths to people in boats. They are being slowed by an electric dam near Chicago there was a proposal to build a concrete dam but it is held up by big money. If these fish enter the Great Lakes region they could affect virtually all waters East of the Rockies and destroy commercial and recreational fishing.
Please help by sending a copy of this email to every politician possible.
I wish to bring to your attention the future problem we may be facing in our Great Lakes & their tributaries.
There is a fish called the Asian carp which usually grows to a weight of 90 to 120 lbs. These fish were imported to the U.S. where they are farmed. A flood in the area of the Mississippi & its tributaries allowed them to escape their ponds & spread rapidly through the U.S. waterways which causes the decimation of other species due to the fact that Asian carp eat the food usually consumed by our native species. They have moved up to the edge of Lake Michigan where a single steel gate is the last barrier holding them out of the Great Lakes.
Live fish are imported to Toronto & Hamilton from the U.S. in tanker trucks. The carp are hidden alive under other species. It is illegal to import live carp into Canada. Tanks of live carp have been found by the Ministry of Natural Resources mainly in Toronto. They do their best but have limited resources.
Our fishery in Ontario generates 8 billion dollars at least per year as well as thousands of jobs. We have been told that if these carp enter the Great Lakes, our fishery would cease to exist within five to ten years.
Your immediate attention & co-operation will be greatly appreciated as the matter is urgent.
This applies to anyone in Canada or the USA our sports survival depends on this.