Agreement to protect the fishery from Asian Carp

Agreement to Protect Great Lakes from Invasive Species: Brandon Road Interbasin Project

The Michigan Governor announced that Michigan has signed an agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Illinois to cosponsor the Brandon Road Interbasin Project. This agreement secures $274 million in federal and $114 million in state funding for the first phase of the $1.15 billion project, aimed at preventing invasive carp and other aquatic nuisance species from entering the Great Lakes.

The Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Joliet, Illinois, is a critical point to stop invasive carp. The project will implement a series of deterrents to prevent these species from moving into the Great Lakes. Construction is set to begin, marking a major milestone in the ongoing battle against Asian Carp.

Invasive carp, Asian carp, can outcompete native fish species like lake whitefish, perch, and walleye, leading to reduced populations of these commercially and recreationally important fish.

The 90 million Great Lakes fishing industry, which supports thousands of jobs and contributes significantly to the region’s economy, could suffer from decreased fish populations.

This agreement is a pivotal step forward in protecting the Great Lakes from invasive carp, ensuring the preservation of the region’s natural resources and the sustainability of its fishing communities. The collaborative efforts of Michigan, Illinois, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are crucial in safeguarding the Great Lakes for future generations.

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