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Lake Erie Rivers Good Asian Carp Habitat

posted on January 13, 2012

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - A federal study says Lake Erie and
some rivers flowing into it would offer ideal habitat for unwanted
Asian carp.
     The U.S. Geological Survey says the Maumee, Sandusky and Grand
rivers have temperatures and water flows suitable for spawning by
silver and bighead carp. Both species that have been advancing
toward the Great Lakes for years after escaping into the
Mississippi River and its tributaries from Deep South fish farms
and sewage lagoons.
     Federal and state agencies have installed electric barriers and
taken other measures to prevent the carp from entering Lake
Michigan through Chicago-area waterways. They've also installed
fencing at Fort Wayne, Ind., to prevent the carp from reaching the
Maumee River.
     The study announced Thursday says there's reason for worry about
the potential threat to Lake Erie.

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