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The Great Lakes could turn into giant carp ponds!


Dear Woods-N-Water News:

With the EPA Great lakes restoration Plan we have between $400 to 475 million bucks coming, $60. million earmarked for fighting invasive species. Left unchecked we can see what happens, zebra/quagga mussels everywhere, catching gobies in the trout streams now. The Bio pollution ( Invasive species) is our biggest problem as they reproduce themselves in a big way. The experts say like Michigan's economy we need to diversify our fishery, makes the fishery more resistant to invasive species. About 5 years ago an expert said the Asian Carp can turn Lake Michigan into a carp pond!

He was exactly right, allow me to share some things with you. Asian carp spawn 3 to 4 times a year, once they get past the size native fish can eat them they can live 20 years, again spawning 3 to 4 times every year. Asian carp feed 24/7, and they can eat from a microscopic level up to small fish, (found in Silver carp in Ohio) Silver carp eat both animal and plant based food, if they run out of animal based food their stomach actually gets longer to eat plant based food, they are very good at sucking the life out of the water. Their eggs hatch in one day, this gives them an advantage over most every native fish we have. All this plus the fact that they have overrun everyplace they went in the world, means we're gonna have a giant carp pond if we don't do something.

The Asian carp control plan calls for a healthy native fish population, again and according to the MDNR walleye restoration plan Saginaw bay, makes the fishery more resistant to invasive species. It can be done, Google common carp control using native predators, the principle is the same. If we work together we can beat the Invasive species, if we do nothing, we're gonna have a giant carp pond!

Tom Matych

Twin Lake

Tom Matych
December 23, 2009

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