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B.A.S.S. VOICES CONCERN ON ASIAN CARP
Kentucky Lake anglers are not alone in their concern and worries about the
Asian carp invasion. Here’s a summary of a recent news release regarding
the Great Lakes from Bass Anglers Sportsmen’s Society:
Bass Anglers Sportsmen Society, along with other hunting, angling,
conservation and outdoor industry organizations, today submitted public
comments in support of a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ plan to prevent
Asian carp from infesting the Great Lakes.
The Brandon Road Lock and Dam, near Joliet, Ill., and below the Chicago
Area Waterway System is a chokepoint to reduce the risk of invasive Asian
carp swimming directly into Lake Michigan.
The Corps’ “Tentatively Selected Plan” (TSP) proposes a gauntlet of
technologies including an electric barrier, water jets, complex sound and
a flushing lock to reduce the risk of Asian carp getting through, while
still allowing navigation through the lock.
“Asian carp pose one of the greatest threats to the Great Lakes and the
world-class smallmouth bass fishery that anglers travel from all over the
country to enjoy,” said B.A.S.S. Conservation Director Gene Gilliland.
“The Great Lakes are home to many invasive species.
Some of those invaders have been worse than others, but just how many more
can the system take before it reaches a tipping point and bad things start
Bass fishermen sometimes don’t recognize invasive species as such a bad
thing, especially when you talk about the Great Lakes.
“Zebra mussels and gobies, while real problems for industry and shipping,
have proved to be a boon to the bass population, but nothing good can come
from an Asian carp invasion.
These fish have incredibly high reproductive potential, and in short
order, can make up the majority of the pounds of fish a body of water can
They filter out the plankton that is the base of the food chain for
everything else, there are few markets for them and no real way to control
the population explosion.”
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