Asian Carp Controversy Update

On January 11, 2010, I wrote about the controversy between Illinois and the State of Michigan and other states contiguous to Lake Michigan, concerning Asian Carp. At that time the Supreme Court refused to hear an argument from Michigan, with the support of six other Great Lakes states, asking for an order to close the navigational locks between Lake Michigan and the Chicago and Calumet rivers.

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to order immediate closure of shipping locks near Chicago to prevent Asian carp from infesting the Great Lakes. Scientists fear that if they reach the lakes, they could disrupt the food chain and endanger the $7 billion fishing industry.  Many scientists say they could starve out popular species such as trout and salmon.

The Asian Carp are also spooked by passing motors and often hurtle from the water, colliding with boaters forcefully enough to break bones.

While this action means that the court will not order an immediate closure of the locks, it does not mean that no action will be taken in the case,” said Josh Mogerman, spokesman for the National Resources Defense Council. “There is still a significant possibility that the court will issue a decision regarding Michigan’s broader requests for action on this issue.”

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