Yesterday, President Obama signed into law the Asian Carp Prevention and Control Act that lists the hideous fresh-water beasts under the Lacey Act as injurious species. The law prohibits the intentional introduction of the species and prohibits interstate transportation or importation without a proper permit.
This is a big victory and was pushed by Great Lakes heroes Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and Sen. George Voinovich (R-Ohio) – the U.S. Senate approved the bill last month.
“This law is an important step in the effort to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes,” Levin said. “These fish pose a real, clear and growing threat to the Great Lakes and I will continue working to ensure tools like the Asian Carp Prevention and Control Act and others will be available as we counter this threat. The devastating effects Asian carp could have on the Great Lakes are not fully known, and I want to make sure they are never realized.”