Canada offers grant to fight Asian carp

Author:
Updated:
Original:

Canadian and U.S. officials are working to protect the Great Lakes from Asian carp.

Canada is making a $17.5 million contribution during the next five years to help keep the invasive species out of the lakes, and a bill introduced by Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.) also would seek to protect waters from the fish.

Asian carp are voracious feeders, and if allowed to enter the Great Lakes they will quickly out-compete the forage base of valuable sportfish, such as walleye, trout and salmon, according to an NMMA statement.

Canada will work with the United States to develop an extensive early warning and monitoring system, according to a Canadian release.

"The Great Lakes are important to the economic and cultural makeup of Canadians who live and work on these waters. These lakes support both recreational and commercial fisheries and a way of life for our people," said Keith Ashfield, Canada’s minister of fisheries and oceans.

Click here for the full release.

Click here to ask Congress to support the bill.

Related

Teak Isle

From pontoon boat folding tables and drawer units to fishing boat heavy duty cooler slides and console doors, Teak Isle offers new custom design solutions to help you sell more boats.

A Double Shot for Small Business

New Jersey’s MTA saves the sales tax cap on boats, and the PREPARE Act would create low-interest, fixed-rate loans to help small businesses protect their properties against natural disasters.