Governors Call for White House Carp Summit

Can nothing stop the carp?

By Andrew Greiner
|  Tuesday, Jan 19, 2010  |  Updated 5:24 PM CDT
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Both Governor Granholm and Doyle want the Obama administration to do something fishy.

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Hours after the United States Supreme Court declined to order Illinois to close several waterways to stop the advance of devastating Asian carp, the Governor's of Michigan and Wisconsin called for a White House summit concerning the fish.

Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm said Tuesday that she and Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle are calling for an "immediate" summit at the White House with the Great Lakes governors to hammer out a solution.

The White House didn't immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday.

The governors had hoped the august legal body would do something stop the dreaded Asian carp from reaching Lake Michigan.

The court today refused a request by Michigan to issue a preliminary injunction that would order the locks closed.

Asian carp have been migrating up the Mississippi and Illinois rivers toward the Great Lakes for decades. They've swarmed waterways near Chicago leading to Lake Michigan.

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

The biggest Asian carp can reach 4 feet in length and weigh 100 pounds while consuming up to 40 percent of their body weight daily in plankton. That's the base of the food chain for Great Lakes fish.

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