Obama signs ban on bighead carp importation

By The Associated Press

President Barack Obama has signed into law a ban on bringing
bighead carp into the U.S. They are among two Asian carp species
threatening to infest the Great Lakes.

The measure signed Tuesday adds bighead carp to a list of
wildlife that cannot be imported or taken across state lines. The
only exceptions would be for scientific, medical or educational
purposes and would require a permit.

Bighead and silver carp have infested waterways in the Chicago
area. Authorities are trying to prevent them from getting into the
Great Lakes, where they would compete with native fish for
food.

Silver carp are already on the banned list. Democratic Sen. Carl
Levin of Michigan says the crackdown on bighead carp is an
important step in limiting the spread of the unwanted fish.

 

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