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"The administration said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was studying the Asian carp threat and planned to issue a report on possible remedies by September 2010."

How long has the administration known about this threat? Why is the Corps only looking at this now?

Get ready for a new kind of Great Lakes fishing. You can leave the rods at home, but don't forget the shotguns and baseball bats!
 

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Nobama must be planning on socialized fishing now.
 

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Perhaps they know and not saying so that it's already to late.
 

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QUOTE(northern ******* 2 @ Jan 19 2010, 03:31 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>lmao. maybe he likes carp.

He sho nuff do....
 

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This makes me wanna puke.....they're just going to stall and drag this thing out until its proven that they are in Lake Michgan. Then there will be no need to argue about closing it because it will be too late.
Its Obama taking care of his home state....just like taking the losers from the Guantanamo prison and spending millions to upgrade a jail in his home state to transfer them to.
Time to sell the go-fast boat. Those carp are gonna LOVE Lake St. Clair....
 

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TRAVERSE CITY -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to order immediate closure of shipping locks near Chicago to prevent Asian carp from infesting the Great Lakes.The court rejected a request by Michigan for a preliminary injunction to close the locks temporarily while a long-term solution is sought to the threatened invasion by the ravenous fish. The one-sentence ruling didn't explain the court's reasoning.

Asian carp, primarily bighead and silver varieties, have been migrating up the Mississippi and Illinois rivers toward the Great Lakes for decades. They have swarmed waterways near Chicago leading to Lake Michigan.

Scientists fear that if they reach the lakes, they could disrupt the food chain and endanger the $7 billion fishery.

The biggest Asian carp can reach 4 feet in length and weigh 100 pounds while consuming up to 40 percent of their body weight daily in plankton, the foundation of the Great Lakes food web.

Many scientists say they could starve out popular species such as trout and salmon.

They also are spooked by passing motors and often hurtle from the water, colliding with boaters forcefully enough to break bones.

Officials poisoned a section of the canal in December after discovering genetic material that suggested at least some carp might have eluded an electric barrier on the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal and could be within six miles of Lake Michigan. If so, the only other obstacles between them and the lake are shipping locks and gates.

Last week, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said additional carp DNA -- but no live fish -- had been found in three different spots along the Chicago River within a mile of where it flows into Lake Michigan.
 

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More evidence of carp coming closer
Scientists tracking the march of Asian carp toward Lake Michigan have found new DNA evidence of the big fish in Lake Michigan, in Calumet Harbor. Another positive sample was found half a mile from there in the Calumet River. There are no locks in the Calumet leading to the harbor.

"We are asking for an immediate summit at the White House with the administration to shut down these locks, at least temporarily, until a permanent solution can be found."

Cox said in a statement he's disappointed by the Supreme Court's dismissal of a request for an injunction, but will keep fighting carp.

"I am extremely disappointed the Supreme Court did not push the pause button on this crisis until an effective plan is in place," Cox said. He acknowledged that a preliminary injunction shutting the locks would have been an extraordinary step for the court to take, but said Michigan and other states face "an extraordinary crisis that could forever alter the Great Lakes."

Cox said his request to Obama last month for an Asian carp conference went unanswered and it's now up to the president to take action to close the locks.

Since Obama pledged a zero tolerance policy toward invasive species in the Great Lakes, Cox said the president has left the door to the lakes wide open, potentially hurting Michigan jobs and the economy. "His indifference is stunning," Cox said.

U.S. Rep. Candice Miller said this morning there will be a hearing in the House subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment on Feb. 9 on Asian carp, a hearing she requested earlier this month.

"Hopefully, I will be able to convince my colleagues it would be appropriate for Congress to become involved in this," she said. "What we need to be able to demonstrate to a majority of Congress is that the health of the Great Lakes is incredibly more important than whatever their shipping industry might have to suffer."
 

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QUOTE(Wheezer @ Jan 19 2010, 01:30 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Nobama must be planning on socialized fishing now.

Its now definitely politics. Obama is protecting his Illinois supporters while ignoring his fellow democrats Stabenow, Levin and Granholm...........This should send a clear message to all sportsfishermen who may have voted for Obama as well as the hunters who think that the 2nd amendment issues will be ignored..........that's currently on the back burner.

I hate to inject politics into this fishing forum but there is nothing "sportsmen friendly" to the state of Michigan coming out of this present administration, from the new Great Lakes Czar to this current potential disaster facing us from the Asian Carp...........
 
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