Asian carp distress dominates Great Lake meeting

Non-native fish could impact billions of dollars in the Great Lakes fishing industry.

Fear of Asian Carp invading the Great Lakes brought representatives from federal agencies and watchdog groups together on Monday.

According to published reports, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur held a forum to discuss the damage the fish inflict on the ecosystem. The non-native species has pushed its way up the Mississippi River after escaping from rear ponds during flooding in the South decades ago.

A proposed solution is to restore the natural divide between the Mississippi and the Great Lakes with a $4 to $10 billion price tag.

Kaptur said if the carp continue to thrive, 800,000 jobs and billions of dollars of economic activity on the Great Lakes could be lost.