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NMMA steps up efforts in fight against Asian carp

Asian carp cause damage by outcompeting native fish.

Asian carp cause damage by outcompeting native fish.

The National Marine Manufacturers Association is getting more involved in the fight against Asian carp infiltrating the Great lakes.

Last week, the organization held meetings with key congressional offices and the Army Corps of Engineers about the status of the Brandon Road Study, a report evaluating options to prevent the spread of invasive species from the Mississippi River Basin into the Great Lakes Basin. David Slikkers, S2 Yachts’ director of government relations, participated in the meetings. Both parties pressed for the study’s completion and urged Congress and Army Corps of Engineers to move forward with plans to protect the Great Lakes from Asian carp.

In 2017, an Asian carp was found in the Little Calumet River nine miles outside of Lake Michigan. If Asian carp were to infiltrate Lake Michigan, it would be detrimental to the boating industry and local economy.

Additionally, NMMA has joined the Great Lakes Partnership to Block Asian Carp — a coalition created to prevent the fish from entering the Great Lakes. The partnership supports the Army Corps of Engineers’ tentatively selected plan at Brandon Road Lock & Dam in Joliet, Ill., which serves as the most effective proposal yet developed to prevent the spread of Asian carp in the Great Lakes.

NMMA will provide updates with the latest developments. For more information, contact NMMA director of federal government affairs Mike Pasko at, or director of state government affairs Libby Yranski at



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