Franken To Fight Spread Of Asian Carp In St. Croix River
Thursday, U.S. Sen. Al Franken said he’ll work to prevent the spread of the Asian carp in Minnesota’s waterways after a new report found evidence of the invasive fish in the St. Croix River. Sen. Franken has been a strong supporter of legislative efforts to prevent the Asian carp—which has been known to wreak havoc on ecosystems—from spreading into the Great Lakes.
“The likely presence of Asian carp in the St. Croix River is very troubling and could have a disastrous impact on Minnesota’s rivers,” said Sen. Franken. “The fishing and boating industries contribute billions of dollars to Minnesota’s economy and depend on the health of the state’s waterways. I will continue to fight to prevent the spread of Asian carp into the Great Lakes, and I’ll do everything I can to help protect the ecosystem and fisheries of Minnesota from this invasive fish.”
Experts have warned that the invasive fish pose a danger because of their enormous size, the huge amount of food they consume, and their rapid rate of reproduction.
Sen. Franken has called for immediate action to deal with the threat of Asian carp:
*He is a cosponsor of the CARP Act (S. 2946), which would direct the Army Corps of Engineers to take immediate action to prevent the potential entry of Asian carp into the Great Lakes;
*He joined a bipartisan group of nearly 50 other Members of Congress in writing a letter to President Obama urging swift action to stop the spread of the carp;
*He cosponsored the Permanent Prevention of Asian Carp Act (S. 3553), which would require examination of options to separate the Chicago canal and the Great Lakes; and he supports funding for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Asian Carp management initiative to help keep the fish out of Lake Superior.