Tuesday, January 06, 2004

Oldie but Goodie

Seems like there's been a lot of carp news lately, but trouble has been brewing on the carp front for several years now, as evidenced by this story from the June 2001 issue of Fly, Rod & Reel. In it, Ted Williams describes the ugly politics that came into play when the head of MICRA, an organization of state departments in the Missouri River Basin, spoke out about the fact that the black carp (Mylopharyngodon piceus) being raised by fish farmers in the region were dangerous potential invaders. MICRA got the federal government to consider banning the black carp back in 2002, but angered a powerful fisheries industry in the process. The result? A good man lost his job, and an NGO lost its funding. There are still no carp species on the Lacey Act's List of Injurious Wildlife Species, though the black carp issue, was recently reopened this past summer.

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