Could Sandy release the plague of the Asian Carp?

Your government has been busy spending money to keep the Asian Carp out of the Great lakes. If you don’t know why that matters, just search YouTube.

The Asian Carp were originally let free into the Mississippi River when flooding encroached on a fish farm and they escaped into the river. Despite not being within a couple hundred miles of the storm, serious flooding is expected on the Illinois side of Lake Michigan as strong Easterly winds push the water toward Chicago. If the Des Plains river floods high enough or the Chicago Sanitary Canal is flooded, all those carefully built barriers could be for nothing. All it will take is one pregnant female to reach Lake Michigan and it’s game over.

My money is betting on the Carp, not on the government.

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4 Responses to Could Sandy release the plague of the Asian Carp?

  1. popsmayhem says:

    I hate the taste of carp…. “ID NUKE EM ALL”

  2. Parrott says:

    Put me down for $500 on the Carp.


    • Nidster says:

      Wonder what the over/under is? Is there a point spread?

      Most likely the carp will get into Lake Michigan by way of some dumb-ass who thinks it would be a really cool idea. That’s how lake trout from the Great Lakes were introduced into Yellowstone Lake and continue to threaten to displace the native cutthroat trout. The only redeeming value is that lake trout many years ago were intentionally introduced into nearby Lake Lewis, also in Yellowstone National Park. Those lake trout were used to re-stock areas that had depleted populations of lake trout in the Great Lakes due to the sea lamprey wiping out salmon and lake trout. BTW, Lake Lewis never had a population of cutthroat trout.

      The number of introduced fish into lakes and rivers all across the Americas is tragic because 100’s of native fish species either face extinction or have already become extinct.

      • Art Stone says:

        The government “solution” so far has been Corps of Engineer projects and trying to turn Asian Carp into a commercially viable fish. This problem could somewhat be mitigated by just announcing a 365 day/yr fishing season with a free license with no catch limit or rules other than you can only catch Asian carp. Spend $20 and hand out fliers in the Hmong community – problem solved.

        The Asian Carp don’t eat other fish – they filter the water and eat plankton. One variety eats river grass – but you won’t catch them with a worm or fish on a hook . Part of the reason they went crazy is algae blooms from overuse of fertilizer by farmers

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