The Door County Environmental Council will host a presentation on the possibilities of an Asian Carp invasion of Lake Michigan and the rest of the Great Lakes. The public is invited to this free discussion on Sept. 9 at 7 pm at the Baileys Harbor Town Hall.
Asian Carp pose a threat to freshwater ecosystems as well as sport and commercial fishing because this invasive fish is a voracious eater that competes with native species for food and habitat. Silver carp can injure boaters when they become agitated by boat motors and leap out of the water.
Marc Smith of the National Wildlife Federation and George Meyer, former DNR Secretary and present executive director of the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, will address the dangers involved and discuss ways to prevent this invasion.
Smith has testified on a wide range of Great Lakes wildlife and conservation issues before state, regional, and national government bodies including the Michigan and Minnesota Legislature, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, and the Great Lakes Regional Body and Council.
Meyer will address what may be the future of the DNR in Wisconsin. He is an avid outdoorsman and strong advocate for fish and game habitat throughout the state. He has been critical of the current loss of fish and wildlife research positions and the politicized DNR under the present administration.