Invasive Species

Invasive Species

An invasion is headed for some of our most precious fisheries. Invasive animals, plants, and even micro-organisms pose a serious threat to ecosystems across the country.

One of the most well known examples are Asian carp which are poised to infiltrate the Great Lakes and devastate native species. In areas of the Mississippi River basin where they have taken over, they now comprise up to 97% of fish biomass. If they get into the Great Lakes, they will starve out walleye, trout, salmon, and other sportfish.

While the Asian carp onslaught rightfully gathers much of the media attention, other invasive species are equally concerning. From sizeable fish like northern snakeheads and lionfish to tiny invaders like zebra mussels and mudsnails, they are all a danger to the health of our precious sport fisheries.

Urge IL Governor Pritzker to Act Today to Stop Invasive Asian Carp

Proposals to fortify the Brandon Road Lock and Dam in Joliet, Illinois, a critical choke-point for invasive Asian Carp about 50 miles downstream of Chicago, are on hold awaiting Governor Pritzker’s signature. The Governor needs to sign a letter of agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. This letter will allow the Corps to move forward with the next phase of the project: Preconstruction, Engineering and Design.

Sign the petition calling on Governor Pritzker to take action before invasive Asian Carp cause irreversible damage to the whole Great Lakes region.

 

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