Asian Carp

With globalization comes the movement of animals from native lands to be introduced into new settings. According to the National Park Service, Asian carp cause serious damage to the native fish populations in the lakes and rivers that they infest because they out-compete other fish for food and space. Carp are also thought to lower water quality, which can kill off sensitive organisms like native freshwater mussels. Asian carp have been known to dominate entire streams, effectively pushing out the native species. Asian Carp are set to enter the Great Lakes, and if nothing is done to prevent this fish, Michigan’s economy will lose the revenue generated from fishing valued at over $7 billion/per year. What to do to stop this incoming problem? Scientists are devising numerous solutions ranging from electrocuting the fish to poisoning them. Each one of these methods though have various negatives and aren’t effective in keeping these invasive species out of the lakes. Whatever the solution is, I believe that the government should be prioritizing research on this topic, as it could have a grave impact on our magnificent lakes.