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Rebuilding our native fish


Dear Woods-N-Water News:

They now admit small Asian carp under six inches can get past the barrier, due to low voltage, but this has been known from the beginning. Tests were already done, that four volts are required to stop all fish sizes. However, it was noted that even though four volts repelled them, when frightened both silver and bighead Asian Carp were capable of blowing right through the barrier.

If I may, some other facts that may interest you also. The first temporary barrier was only one volt, wire rope was used instead of railroad track to save money, in 2004 they were warned it was corroding bad and would be useless in a year. Asian Carp were found 20 miles from Lake Michigan in 2002 FWS, the barrier is 25 miles from Lake Michigan. The "official" statement was they swam back downstream (across the barrier no less). For three years they said the Asian Carp stalled 15 miles below the barrier and were not moving. Now they say there's no small fish around the barrier and none within 116 miles of the barrier?

You want to put your faith in these "experts," hide behind a so called barrier or wall forever?

Whatever plan they come up with has to last forever you know, just plugging one hole will not stop the Asian carp from getting in the lakes. They admit juvenile Asian Carp are very bad at avoiding predators, we have several native predators for baby Asian Carp, and none happen to be salmon or trout, nothing anyone can do about that. Asian Carp don't just eat only zooplankton; they can thrive on waste, fecal matter (poop) and a few other things, and eat larval native fish.

Rebuilding our native fish populations helps make our lakes unsafe for all invasive species, documented in studies already paid for. However, it would also make them unsafe for the alewives, this is not allowed. Sacrificing the entire natural ecosystem for one fish isn't worth it to me, alewives are an invasive species and should be treated as such, or we're going to have a carp pond.

The novelty of "flyin' carp" wears off quite fast I assure you.

Tom Matych

Twin Lake MI


April 27, 2011

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