Anyone up for giant flying fish in your face while paddling this summer?
I am definitely not. this article from the Chicago Tribune tells a tale of bureaucratic woe. State agencies in Michigan vying for action from both Illinois and Federal Agencies to take action against another invasive species into Lake Michigan. This species could be more devastating than either the lamprey or the zebra mussel and have an even greater impact on the fish and wildlife in the Great Lakes.
The stupidity and ingenuity of humans never ceases to surprise me. We have on one hand state and federal officials (that we elected) willing to ignore/tamper with the largest supply of freshwater in the United States, and then on the other hand devious technology like electric barriers, or chemical grenades to kill the problem. Douglas Adams is probably smiling in heaven at us.
This is the quote that sums up the situation, but most likely spells doom for Lake Michigan.
“Our government’s reaction to the invasion is not keeping pace,” said Jennifer Nalbone, director of Invasive Species for Great Lakes United. “The carp are moving faster than the government and that is an incredible problem because we are not going to get a second chance.”