Monday, May 22, 2017

Marching Backward: Swimming Upstream

All I caught was this tiny pos:

"Michigan to offer prize in fight against invasive Asian carp" by Chris Ehrmann Associated Press  March 06, 2017

LANSING, Mich. — Faced with the threat that Asian carp could enter the Great Lakes, Michigan is turning to the public for new ideas and plans to offer a prize to whoever comes up with a way to stop the voracious fish.

Michigan’s global search challenge comes after the US government and others have spent hundreds of millions searching for a solution to stop carp from entering the world’s largest freshwater system.

If they aren’t stopped, officials fear the aggressive fish will crowd out prize native fish and hamper recreational boating in large sections of the lakes.

‘‘I think in the fight against Asian carp, there aren’t really any bad ideas,’’ said Molly Flanagan, vice president of policy for the Alliance for the Great Lakes. ‘‘We have to try a bunch of different things.’’

Michigan alone has a $38 billion tourism industry, much of it focused on the outdoors, and the Great Lakes region has a $7 billion fishing industry. Asian carp have been spotted 45 miles from Lake Michigan. If the fish make it into that lake, they could make their way into the other Great Lakes.

Details on how much prize money will be offered are still being worked out.

The Michigan Legislature and Governor Rick Snyder allocated $1 million to develop the challenge.

Since 2010, more than $388 million has been spent to battle the invasive species — mostly by the federal government....


Maybe they can introduce sharks into the Great Lakes?

I don't know what angle I was trying for with this post. Maybe I'm just blowing hot air before saying goodbye for good. I'm just not as sharp as I used to be and about to close down. Maybe you think there is some sort of conspiracy afoot, but I'm tired of carping about the same old sh**.

See: "The carp were imported from Asia to cleanse fish ponds and sewage lagoons in the Deep South but escaped into the Mississippi and have been working their way north since the 1970s...."

What were they smoking when they made that decision?

Just ticking off some retraced steps is all.

So how has China dealt with the problem, and what is going to happen to the ducks?

NDU: Who would do something like that?