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GLIN==> Great Lakes Task Force advances Lacey listing of Silver carp



  
The House and Senate Great Lakes Task Forces, in October of 2002, petitioned the US Fish & Wildlife Service to list 3 species of Asian carp--black, bighead, and silver--as injurious under the Lacey Act.  The US Fish & Wildlife Service announced today that it had proposed a rule to list the silver carp under the Lacey Act.  Listing a species as injurious under the Lacey Act prohibits the interstate transport of that species unless permitted in certain exception or if the species is not living. The Service proposed listing the black carp as injurious in 2002, and no final action has been taken. 
  
Asian carp can grow to six feet long and could easily devastate native fisheries in the Lakes and undo years of restoration efforts. The Task Forces have been working to construct and operate the electric dispersal barrier, and listing the carp under the Lacey Act would help to close down another route of introduction into the Great Lakes.  
  
Public comment on the proposal will remain open for 60 days.  The draft environmental assessments will be available later today at:
http://www.fws.gov/contaminants/Issues/InvasiveSpecies.cfm 
 
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