Attorneys from five states pleaded their cases yesterday in Chicago. To be decided is what to do about those nasty, ugly, giant, jumping carp from Asia.
Federal Judge Robert Dow heard testimony in Chicago yesterday from attorneys representing the states of Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Minnesota . Most of the attorneys say the U.S. Government is not doing enough to prevent the spread of invading Asian carp into the Great Lakes. And they want a shipping canal closed to traffic near Chicago to prevent the spread of the unwanted fish. They maintain that this foreign fish could very well destroy the 7-billion-dollar fishing industry along the Great Lakes.
Some in Illinois are fighting the move saying it would cost local businesses billions of dollars.
Yesterday’s oral arguments are the final step before Judge Dow is expected to issue a ruling.
Of all the foreign invaders we’ve seen spread into the Great Lakes, only one to my knowledge has had any food value. Zebra mussels are tiny and tasteless. I doubt the new Asian carp would be very good. And while Americans wouldn’t touch ’em with a ten foot pole, the Japanese just love lamprey eels. I don’t know if fishermen still catch them, process them and send them to Japan. But they used to ! Bon Appetite!