Court refuses second Asian carp injunction request

March 22, 2010

(AP) -- The Supreme Court has turned down a second request to immediately close shipping locks to prevent invasive Asian carp from infesting the Great Lakes.

The court on Monday refused a renewed request by Michigan to issue a preliminary injunction that would order the locks closed. The justices turned down the original request in January.

Asian carp have been migrating up the Mississippi and Illinois rivers toward the Great Lakes, swarming waterways leading to Lake Michigan.

Scientists fear that if they reach the lakes, they could disrupt the and endanger the $7 billion fishery.

The biggest can weigh 100 pounds and consume up to 40 percent of their body weight daily in plankton, the base of the food chain for fish.

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Skepticus
2 / 5 (1) Mar 22, 2010
"Asian" carp is a prized and a widely consumed fish-based protein source in Asia that is wholesome and palatable to billions of Asians.So, the real question is whether Cultural Racism is more important to Westerners, than the availability of fishes other than traditional fishes. As if Westerners has never introduced "invasive species" to others in the rabid belielf that they were-all-honest-to-God- goodness-and-the-savages-should-be thankful-we bring them???

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