Michigan Goes to Court to Keep Asian Carp Away
Michigan is hoping legal action could solve a serious problem that's jeopardizing the state's sport and commercial fishing industry. The threat: invasive asian carp. The fish are known to take over waterways by out eating other fish, making them starve to death. Another type of asian carp are known to leap out of the water, creating a hazard for people on the water. Recently the State of Michigan filed a lawsuit against Illinois and the Federal Government, among others, to force the closure of a canal that would prevent the fish from entering the great lakes. “I think the treat is real and we can't wait to find out if the threat becomes a reality,” says Ken Debeaussaert, Director of the Office of the Great Lakes. “We need to act in defense of the great lakes.” Debeaussaert spoke to 9&10 News while at the No-Spills environmental conference in Traverse City. 9&10's Ryan Raiche and Photojournalist Jeremy Erickson have the story.