Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Let me first state I don't want any of the four invasive species of carp to become residents in the Great Lakes. If they do, I'm certain the impacts will be widespread ecologically, socially and economically.
However, I also see a lot of irony in "preserving the ecological" of the Great Lakes. The majority of fish species found in the lakes today are not native. They have either been intentially introduced such as the Pacific salmonids or accidentally introduced such as the round goby.
I whole-heartedly believe we should do whatever possible to stop new invasions and slow the spread of existing invasions, but we also need to realize that the natural of ecology of the Great Lakes was permanently changed long ago. The Great Lakes ecosystem has been forever altered from its' natural state.
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