Congress Sends Asian Carp Bill to the White House

The US House of Representatives approved the Asian Carp Prevention and Control Act yesterday. Sens. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and George Voinovich (R-OH) introduced the bill that will help stem the spread of Asian carp in the United States in the summer of 2009. The Senate passed the bill last November and it will now head to the White House for President Obama’s signature.

“The U.S. Congress took an important step today 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 with my colleagues 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.”

By listing bighead carp as injurious wildlife under the Lacey Act the Congress is preventing the intentional introduction of the species and prohibiting interstate transport or import of living Asian carp without a proper permit. States can still issue permits for the transportation or purchase of live Asian carp for scientific, medical or educational purposes. While more needs to be done to keep the Asian carp out of the Great Lakes ecosystem, this is a step in the right direction

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