Experts Say Asian Carp Have Infiltrated Great Lakes


A new scientific report released yesterday from a team of marine biologists in Canada suggests that Asian carp have probably found their way to the Great Lakes.

There have been DNA samples recovered throughout the region — including several in Lake Erie in 2011 — but government officials have long maintained that the DNA arrived by other means. Like bird poop. That's their big theory. Bird poop.

The Canadian scientists say their new evidence casts doubt on the bird poop theory, especially where Lake Erie is concerned.

The DNA that was found there was more than 100 miles from waterways infested with Asian carp. So if birds were the source, it seemingly would mean they feasted on carp, flew a long distance and excreted feces within a few hours of when the researchers collected water samples.


There hasn't been a live Asian Carp specimen caught in these parts since 2000, but they're out there... waiting to strike... lurking in the murk... assembling their bacterial artillery... coordinating as only Asian Carp can coordinate the havoc they will wreak upon sensitive maritime ecosystems and a $7 billion Great Lakes fishing industry.

At which point maybe we'll have finally revamped Edgewater Park!

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Sam Allard

Sam Allard is the Senior Writer at Scene, in which capacity he covers politics and power and writes about movies when time permits. He's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and the NEOMFA at Cleveland State. Prior to joining Scene, he was encamped in Sarajevo, Bosnia, on an...
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