An Algoma charter fishing operator is pleased that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers finally has a plan to block Asian Carp from getting into Lake Michigan. The Corps approved a $778-million program that will create additional electric shock barriers and use air bubblers and underwater speakers to drive the invasive species away from a lock and dam near Joliet, Illinois on the Mississippi River. Lee Haasch, owner of Haasch Guide Service Incorporated in Algoma calls it a long-needed control plan, although he believes it could have been taken a step further.
While a control system is being enhanced, there remain many unanswered questions about possible impacts should Asian Carp make their way into the Great Lakes.
The control plan comes after five years of study. While Asian Carp have been captured in Lake Calumet south of Chicago, there are still no signs that the fish have made their way into Lake Michigan.