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Asian Carp Invasion Update by Bob McLeodDecember 20 2011



Action Alert! Canadian voices must be heard on Asian carp!

I just received this note regarding Asian Carp and want to let you know that agencies are still working on protecting the Great lakes and all the tributaries that feed the our Canadian system. Please take the time to read the article below and act now. I can not stress enough the importance of putting our support behind this action. If we want to protect our waters for future generations please take the time to add your name to the petition.

If each and every one of us were to forward this information to as many people as possible, imagine the response that we could amass. If you are not familiar with the threat from the Asian Carp do some research, it will be unbelievable and frightening to say the least. Just go to the sites noted in the request or simply search Asian Carp. You have probably seen the action of flying fish on the Mississippi and Illinois rivers on TV. Now imagine what a 80 to 100 lb fish eating half its weight in plankton and algie every day would do to food resource for fingerlings trying to survive the first year of their life.

Everything that we can do to assist Great Lakes United in their endeavours to thwart this invasion is essential.
Please take the time to sign the petition. Do not put it off!

Wishing each and everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year with tight Lines and a busy net.

Bob McLeod

* via Great Lakes United:


Canadian citizens, sign this petition requesting public hearings on Asian Carp

Last week the Great Lakes United coalition passed a resolution in support of Canadian input into U.S. hydroseparation studies, to aide efforts preventing an Asian carp invasion into the Great Lakes.

The Asian carp are poised to invade the Great Lakes via U.S. waterways and efforts are underway in the U.S. to stop them. However, the Great Lakes are international waters, and the Asian carp are an international threat. If this fish invades the Great Lakes via U.S. waterways, they will have gained access to Canadian waters of the Great Lakes as well direct access to Canadian tributaries and inland rivers.While Ontario and the federal government have provided some logistical assistance to control efforts in the Chicago Area Waterway System, Canadian citizens need to demand that the provincial and federal governments do more than take a wait and see approach.

In early 2012, Great Lakes United, in collaboration with Ecojustice and Sierra Club-Ontario, will be delivering our coalition resolution and a petition signed by concerned Canadian citizens to the federal Ministers of Natural Resources, Environment and Fisheries and Oceans, the Ontario Ministers of Natural Resources and the Environment, and appropriate Ministers of Parliament. The petition asks for public hearings to ensure that Canadian concerns and input regarding effective ways to address the threat of an Asian carp invasion are heard, and that input be recorded and transmitted to U.S. agencies working on Asian carp prevention.

Canadian citizens please go to www.glu.org/asiancarppetition2011 to sign the petition online by January 30, 2012. Please distribute!

Find the Great Lakes United coalition resolution here.

For more on efforts to separate the Great Lakes from the Mississippi River basin in the Chicago area, visit: http://glc.org/ans/chicagowaterway.html

Take action today! Thank you for your help in stopping the invasive Asian carp.



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