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Published: Wednesday, 2/17/2010

Fishing, tourism interests fear Asian Carp could devastate Great Lakes economy


TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan — Fishing and tourism interests fear Asian Carp could devastate a Great Lakes economy already hurt by foreign invaders such as zebra mussels.

A large crowd attended a meeting about the carp Wednesday in Traverse City hosted by Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox and U.S. Rep. Dave Camp.

Rick Balabon of the Michigan Steelhead and Salmon Fishermen's Association said carp might reduce populations of walleye, bass and other fish beloved by fishing enthusiasts.

Eric Andersen of the Michigan Charter Boat Association said the carp could lead tourists looking for good fishing to go elsewhere.

Cox wants the U.S. Supreme Court to close Chicago shipping locks that could let the carp reach Lake Michigan, while Camp is sponsoring legislation to make the same requirement.

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