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Sunday, January 04, 2004

Legislators as Bucket Biologists? has a story about the introduction of a bill by two Maine state representatives that aims to test whether grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella) might be a good way to combat invasive aquatic weeds. Those who have experienced the devastation caused by hungry Asian carp might take issue with the article's description of the fish as "gentle basking fish from China." Maine's state biologists are rightfully wary of the new legislation, claiming that they've already investigated the issue and that grass carp are too much of a risk.

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