Conservation group releases position on invasive Asian carp
WASHINGTON – Feb. 28, 2010 – This week, Ducks Unlimited released its position on the threat to the Great Lakes presented by non-native carp. DU called on both governmental and non-governmental organizations to develop an immediate short-term plan, followed by a comprehensive long-term strategy to deal with Asian carp in the Great Lakes.
"DU is concerned about the potential negative impact to waterfowl and wetlands, especially with two of the species, grass and black carp," said Gildo Tori, director of public policy for Ducks Unlimited's Great Lakes/Atlantic Regional Office. "Grass carp can eat their weight in vegetation daily, which over time can have a devastating effect on waterfowl food resources in the Great Lakes."
Ducks Unlimited representatives joined other Great Lakes stakeholders in Washington, D.C., for Great Lakes Days, an annual effort to focus attention on the region's legislative priorities. An action plan regarding the invasive carp is a high priority.
"The Great Lakes are a key mid-continent migration rest stop for hundreds of thousands of waterfowl each spring and fall," Tori continued. "The wetlands and shallow bays of the lakes provide food resources for many key species of waterfowl, especially canvasbacks, redheads and lesser and greater scaup."
DU strongly encourages federal, state and local agencies and public groups to work together to immediately implement a short-term strategy to prevent Asian carp migration into the Great Lakes, and develop a long-term solution that would prevent exotic invasive species from traveling between two of the nation's key watersheds: the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River systems. Cooperation, and maintenance of the current $475 million funding level for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, is critical to a successful outcome for the people of the Great Lakes.
To view DU's complete statement on Asian carp, visit http://www.ducks.org/Conservation/GLARO/3832/PolicyWatershedIssues.html#carp.
Ducks Unlimited is the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 13 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever.