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Indian tribe wants to join Asian carp lawsuit

August 31, 2010 at 03:37 PM

AP Environmental Writer

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan-based American Indian tribe wants to join a lawsuit demanding stronger action to prevent Asian carp from infesting the Great Lakes.

The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians filed a motion Tuesday in federal court in northern Illinois, which is hearing the case filed by Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Minnesota and Pennsylvania.

They accuse the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Chicago officials of creating a public nuisance by operating shipping locks and other infrastructure that could let the carp enter Lake Michigan.

In its motion to intervene, the tribe says it wants to make sure the case devotes enough attention to its treaty-guaranteed fishing rights.

A hearing on the suit resumes Sept. 7.

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I went scouting into Goose Lake and Big Lake near Rice Lake and it was almost like running a gauntlet.  Those nasty fish looked like popcorn popping!  15 fish in the boat before the 1 hour trip was done.  Maybe the DNR will introduce another invasive species that likes to feed on Asian Carp…

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 09/01 at 07:17 AM

I would like to know why everyone is blaming Illinois for this. We did not bring the fish over here, fish farms down south did. Now it is suddenly all our fault. I am not aware of any investigation into the original fish farmers who thought this was a good idea.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 09/01 at 11:06 AM

Well you are right that it is not our fault but the blame is not solely placed on us.  The Army Corps of Engineers are also in the suit.  Plus it is actually Chicago water authority not Illinois who is being sued.  I guess all we can do now is step up and try to prevent it from getting worse until we can get them under control.  The buck has to stop somewhere and that somewhere is Chicago.  If they would have known it was going to be this bad and tried to stop it at St. Louis by closing the Lock there would you have supported that.  I think someone needs to step up and do the right thing, we are human and can adapt to any situation this is just another hurdle for us.

Posted by Metallicat85 on 09/01 at 09:47 PM

If anyone should have their name on a lawsuit as DEFENDANT, it should be the government bureaucrats in the southern states that approved the import of these invasive species.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 09/02 at 04:00 PM

Maybe if Michigan is successful in their suit against Illinois, there may be a silver lineing. Maybe we can then do the class action suit against Arkansas and it’s officials. Every owner of every jon boat in Illinois is entitled to compensation for retrofitting their boat with cattle panels, one windshield, four rolls of quarters for the car wash removal of silver slime on an annual basis, three styrofoam worm coolers per year and one tackle box replacement per year. The single guys could also sue for alienation of affection, since their girlfriends will no longer go out on the river with them due to the asian invasion.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 09/02 at 04:18 PM

Thats a good one Colonel.  Its true the carp don’t get the ladies very excited.

Posted by Metallicat85 on 09/02 at 06:05 PM

Its odd where anyone starts the clock on the environment.  Unless you have a rowboat and a horse and buggy, the oil argument is pretty shallow.

I bet boats put more oil into the big lake than we care to know.  Same for oil run-off from your vehicle.

Illinois has one of the smallest slivers of one lake.  Michigan has more coast line than any state.  It would seem the state should get more attention in regards to future damage.

Blame the Welland canal for most of the exotics.  So you need to sue Canada first.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 09/03 at 08:16 PM

Of the 180 noxious invasive species in the Great Lakes, 178 entered via the St. Lawrence Seaway/Welland Canal.  Only two, the silver and bighead carp have come up the Illinois River.  Biologists along the Mississippi and Illinois rivers have long wanted the connection with the Lake Michigan broken.  I find it ironic that after years of degradation of the Illinois River by Lake Michigan, that the catalist to cut the connection would be an invasive species ENTERING the lake from the Illinois. 
Colonel, I have long been a proponent of suing the catfish farming industy.  There are commercial fishermen, fishing and hunting guides, barge workers, boat/motor mechanics, biologists and game wardens earning a living on the rivers.  Are they not covered by OSHA?  Is not the jumping silver carp a danger to these workers?

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 09/04 at 10:10 AM

Carefull riverrat….......... all OSHA will do is require all those workers to wear hard hats, football pads and face masks!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 09/04 at 07:35 PM

Well said Murdy…...glad to see someone that understands, stays on subject and is clearing the air!  Now let’s get the locks closed for good and restrict the monetary suits with the catfish farmers down south and quit lining the lawyers pockets.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 09/12 at 12:13 AM

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