Friday, January 22, 2010

Asian Carp invades Great Lakes

I just got this form letter (below) from the Michigan Attorney General in an email from a former Aquarium colleague. It is sad news indeed: the Asian Carp has been found in the Great Lakes. These guys get HUGE as you can see in the photo to the right. What's even more sad is US federal authorities knew about it and have done nothing to stop them. The future of the Great Lakes hangs in the balance, although I have a bad feeling the Lakes will never be the same again. For a full article from the Huffington Post click here.

Please read the letter below and if you have a minute stop by StopAsianCarp.com to sign the petition that will be sent to Washington:

Can You Help? Tell your friends about StopAsianCarp.com
Thank you for signing the online petition to protect hundreds of thousands of jobs and the Great Lakes at StopAsianCarp.com. Your efforts are helping me make our case to President Obama and Congress that residents of the Great Lakes region will not stand by silently as federal officials allow Asian carp to destroy our Lakes.

TELL FIVE PEOPLE: STOPASIANCARP.COM

Now you can do even more. Please forward this email to five friends or family members, one for each of the Great Lakes , asking them to sign the petition at StopAsianCarp.com.

We need to act because the U.S. Supreme Court declined this week to close the locks in Chicago that can stop Asian carp from entering the Lakes, ignoring Michigan 's pleas and those of Ohio , Minnesota , Wisconsin , Pennsylvania , New York and Ontario .

Making things worse, it was revealed federal authorities knew of new DNA evidence of Asian carp IN LAKE MICHIGAN but did not make the Court aware before it made its decision.

The front door to Lake Michigan remains wide open even as these waterborne aliens threaten to devastate the Lakes' $7 billion fishery and hundreds of thousands of jobs connected to the health of the Lakes. The need for each of us to act has never been greater.

TELL FIVE PEOPLE: STOPASIANCARP.COM

Please forward this email right now to five friends or family members, asking them to visit StopAsianCarp.com and sign the petition demanding authorities in Washington D.C. and Illinois act today.

That's telling one friend about www.StopAsianCarp.com for each of the Great Lakes . Please help us sound this critical alarm.

Thank you,


Mike Cox
Michigan Attorney General

6 comments:

  1. Kate, I am just reeling from all the bad news that is hitting us right now, starting with the Mass Backwards, moving on to the Supreme Court decision yesterday, Haiti, the stock market crashing, and now this. I just can't deal with it right now, but I will come back to it and send it to people when I can get a little bit of upward movement...

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  2. I hadn't even heard about this until reading this. Thank you for sharing the news. I signed the petition and will pass the word along.

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  3. We have been hearing about them here on the news for some time. Chicago did a massive fish kill a few weeks ago trying to stop them from going into Lake Michigan. Out of all the fish killed only was was an Asian carp. It is very scary knowing the potential devastation that can occur from these monsters. The Mississippi river eco system is in jeopardy already. We all need to do our part to raise awareness.

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  4. AS I SEE THE CARP JUMPING IN THE BOAT . WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO GET RID OF THIS FISH BUT WE CAN USE A CHANNEL SANE TO CATCH ALOT OF THE FISH .
    THE CHINESE WOULD EAT THIS FISH OR IT IS FOUND IN THE ASIAN MARKET SO IF IT IS CAUGHT IT CAN BE SOLD TO THE ASIAN COMMUNITY . FOR MORE INFO CALL ME AT 321-662 1887
    HARI

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  5. Good grief I hadn't seen or heard about this! That is a HUGE fish. I am off to read more about this. Thank you for bringing it to my attention.

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  6. Thanks everyone for signing this petition! My Feedjit program shows at least ten people landing on this post from Google everyday, and then they leave via the petition, that's a lot of potential signatures! yay!

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