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File #: 30562    Version: 1 Name: Keeping Asian Carp Out of the Great Lakes
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 6/11/2013 In control: COMMON COUNCIL
On agenda: 7/2/2013 Final action: 7/2/2013
Enactment date: 7/3/2013 Enactment #: RES-13-00534
Title: Keeping Asian Carp Out of the Great Lakes
Sponsors: Paul R. Soglin, David Ahrens, Maurice S. Cheeks, Joseph R. Clausius, Shiva Bidar, Mark Clear, Lauren Cnare, Denise DeMarb, Sue Ellingson, Steve King, Larry Palm, Matthew J. Phair, Scott J. Resnick, Marsha A. Rummel, Chris Schmidt, Paul E. Skidmore, John Strasser, Lisa Subeck, Michael E. Verveer, Anita Weier, Ledell Zellers
Fiscal Note
No appropriation is required.
Keeping Asian Carp Out of the Great Lakes

WHEREAS, the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence represent the largest body of surface fresh water in the world and are a vibrant, diverse ecosystem that is critically important to the economic well-being and quality of life of the Canadian and U.S. populations in the region; and

WHEREAS, over 180 invasive species have entered the Great Lakes and its connecting water ways over the years and caused widespread damage and disruption to the natural balance of the system, as well as significant economic damage; and

WHEREAS, one of the most serious threats ever presented by invasive species currently comes from Asian carp, including silver, bighead, and black varieties; and

WHEREAS, these varieties of carp were introduced to the southern United States for use in fish farms for algae control in the 1970’s and escaped into the Mississippi River system; and

WHEREAS, invasive species have already inflicted hundreds of millions in damage across the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence, and invasive carp pose a serious threat to the $7 billion sport and commercial fishery that support the economy and help define the culture of the entire region; and

WHEREAS, the invasive carp have migrated northward through the Mississippi River system as far north as Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio, reducing significantly or eliminating populations of the more desirable species of fish because of their voracious food consumption and prolific reproduction; and

WHEREAS, the invasive carp are threatening to enter the Great Lakes at a number of points across the region; and

WHEREAS, many federal, state, provincial, and local government agencies in the United States and Canada have worked diligently and expended tens of millions of dollars over the past 10 years on a variety of projects to keep invasive carp out of the Great Lakes; and

WHEREAS, including the invasive carp, there are 3...

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