The spread of Asian carp could be fatal to our native fish species (Barbara A. Somervill 24). The term "Asian carp" has been used to include the species that pose an immediate threat to the wildlife. While the Michigan Department of Natural Resources pose a significant threat to the biological community and recreational opportunities, in the Great Lakes region it is especially concerned with the bighead and silver carp. There are four types of carp known as bighead, black, silver and big head and silver carp can get up to one hundred pounds and grow up to five feet. Black carp can weigh up to one hundred fifty pounds (D’Arcy Eg... ... middle of paper ... ...arp need to be stopped before they take over any more water.
The carp moved north becoming the most abundant fish in some areas of the Mississippi river, triumphing over native fish and bringing hardship to the people who fished the river. The carps’ domination over the Mississippi is reason for concern in the Great Lakes region growing concern in the Great Lakes; the Chicago Ship and Sanitary Canal connect the Great Lakes to the Mississippi. Last month, a survey was taken that found Asian carp only 55 miles south of our very own Lake Michigan. Unless the Asian carp are deterred, they will infiltrate our great lakes, potentially bringing disastrous effects to the entire region. Asian carp are a serious threat to the Great Lakes for a number of reasons; the primary concern being that they would become the dominant species after they enter the system.
The control and management of Asian carp in North America is an issue that numerous state and federal agencies have been trying work out ever since the first case of Asian carp being in the waterways of North America. Asian carp are a very difficult species of fish to manage and control because of their fast reproduction rate and that there are no predators in the North American waterways to reduce numbers. These fish are damaging native fish's food sources and habitat. More recently, Asian carp are threatening to invade the Great Lakes which would cause drastic economic and ecological problems. The fight for control of Asian carp is an ongoing battle and one that needs to be solved before it's to late.
Such as the red fire ant, the wild boar even the very deadly lionfish that people tell you to try to avoid. These invasive species are affecting our environment, our economy, and our own human health. “Almost half of the native species in the United States are endangered because of invasive species. For example, the Asian chestnut blight fungus virtually eliminated American chestnut from more than 180 million acres of the Eastern United States.” They even say that 10 species of native moths and butterflies have gone extinct because of these nasty invasive species. One of the most iconic invasive species is the beaver.
Over fishing occurs when marine species are caught faster than they can reproduce. It seems like now days it’s happening more and more to a variety of species. According to Pavan Sukdev a United Nations Environment Programmer “we are in the situation where forty years down the line we, effectively, are out of fish”. This is not good news for the one in five people that depend on fish as the primary source of protein (Food and Agriculture Organization). Overfishing has become such a threat to our oceans that, the save our oceans foundation has named it number one out of the five biggest threats to our oceans.
Fan boats need to be used or other inventions need to be generated to prevent the barbaric flesh tearing effects of our propeller driven boats. Funding for red tide control technology is needed for the manatees as well as other sea life. We need to help these manatees survive as so many other animals have been. Over the last 50 years, humans have greatly decreased the manatee population (Lapham). Each year manatee population decreases by 10%, with 2013 being the worst year of all (Halls).
They are known to be able to eat two or three times their body weight each day, says Thomas Quail of Michigan Trout Unlimited. They also have the ability to reproduce at a fast rate, which means they can take over an area quickly and with great ease. The United States Environmental Protection Agency reported that the Asian carp are capable of protruding up to 10 feet out of the water by jumping. According to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation news, the Asian carp were first brought to the United States in the 1970s to be used for algae control, but in the 1990s they began to spread to the Mississippi River due to flooding. These fish, originally from Asia, are sti... ... middle of paper ... ...Cited "Officials simulate Great Lakes carp spill scenario."
This growing problem of nutrient pollution and algae is spelling disaster for Lake Champlain. Lake Champlain provides water to approximately 250,000 people in Vermont, however most of the water intake isn’t near the warm shallows spots where blooms can be found (Hill, 2012). Summer houses and the like are different, and need to be careful where they get their water from (Hill, 2012). It is also dangerous for animals who drink from these contaminated waters, not just pets. Nothing good will come from this if nothing is
Unfortunately, a lot of this raw sewage ends up in streams that flow into the Neuse, which in turn enters the Pamlico Sound, a 2,000-mile long estuary in NC. This ultimately brings an immense amount of nutrients to the water thus causing the Phiesteria to shape-shift and enter a state of lethal attack on everything from fish to human. The Center for Disease Control has yet to do anything about this at all, which may be the scariest fact so far. I learned about this ecological disaster while reading my newest edition (October 2001) of Maxim. As I was flipping through my new magazine I saw a horrifying picture of a fish; it looked as though something took a bite out of its neck.
Sharks have existed in our world for over 400 million years, if they were to suddenly disappear for industrial purposes, much problems will be encountered throughout the world. We must preserve the lives of Sharks, for many reasons most importantly that shark hunting is morally wrong, it may provide economic failure in a given time, and it may serve a critical unbalance of a healthy environmental state. As I mentioned earlier, Sharks maintain the balance of the entire marine ecosystem! If the ocean’s ecosystem were to collapse, it would greatly affect life even on the surface. Sharks tend to eat fish who are much slower and sickly therefore they keep the population of fish in a healthier state.