Magazine article Reason

Hunting for Fish: Stop Your Carping

Magazine article Reason

Hunting for Fish: Stop Your Carping

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ENVIRONMENTALISTS might not realize it, but bow hunters have come to their aid in Illinois and Michigan, where Asian carp are pounding at the gates of the Great Lakes. The carp, which consume between 40 percent and 50 percent of their body weight in plankton and detritus each day, were brought to the U.S. in the early 1970s to filter sewage. After making their way into the Mississippi, the fish began to menace the river's ecosystem. Now they're hammering at the locks up north.

Multimillion-dollar electric gates were erected along the Chicago Sanitary and Shipping Canal, to no avail Illinois authorities dumped 2,200 gallons of the poison rotenone into the canal in early December, a process that required desirable fish like bass and catfish be stunned beforehand, then netted and transported to safe waters at the taxpayers' expense. According to the Associated Press, this elaborate procedure yielded a single dead Asian carp out of more than 10,000 extinguished fish. …

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