Senate passes bill in effort to stem the spread of invasive Asian carp

Nov 22, 2010 | 12:41 PM | Corinna Petry

The U.S. Senate has passed legislation aimed at preventing the invasive Asian carp from spreading into the Great Lakes.

The Asian Carp Prevention and Control Act adds the bighead carp species of Asian carp to a list on injurious wildlife species prohibited from being trafficked in the United States.

The Senate's passage comes amid an ongoing dispute over the potential closure of two locks linking Lake Michigan and the Chicago Area Waterway System (CAWS) to stem species' spread. Shipping interests say the move would damage commerce in the region.

Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and Sen. George Voinovich (R-Ohio), co-chairs of the Senate's Great Lakes Task Force, introduced the bill in July 2009. A companion House bill is pending in the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security.

"Asian carp pose a real, clear and growing threat to the Great Lakes, but this bill will add to the arsenal of tools we have to combat them," said Levin, whose state is the lead plaintiff in a U.S district court lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). ....

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