Congratulations to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR). It recently charged an Arkansas fish farmer with a dozen felony counts for illegally selling Asian carp in Michigan.
In this case, the fish involved are grass carp, not silver or bighead. The latter arguably pose a bigger threat to fisheries in the Great Lakes and other waterways.
But grass carp can go damage as well, gobbling up beneficial aquatic vegetation, which provides habitat for fish and other aquatic life, as well as filters sediment and nutrients from the water.
In the wake of devastation by grass carp, fisheries often experience troublesome algae blooms. Additionally, the “biomass” of the carp limits growth and reproduction by other species.
According to the MDNR, the resident of Harrisburg, Ark., is charged with possessing 110 grass carp in a semi-trailer designed to carry live fish. He allegedly sold two live grass carp to undercover investigators May 16 in Midland.
MDNR officials traced the semi-trailer back to the company Farley's Arkansas Pondstockers. They believe Costner used the truck to travel around Michigan selling the live carp in parking lots.