Senator Amy Klobuchar

Working for the People of Minnesota

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Klobuchar Announces Bipartisan Asian Carp Bill Passes Senate

Legislation would prevent the spread of Asian carp to the Great Lakes

November 19, 2010

Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar announced today that the bipartisan Asian Carp Prevention and Control Act has passed the Senate unanimously. Klobuchar is an original cosponsor of this bill, which was introduced by Senators Carl Levin (D-MI) and George Voinovich (R-OH).  The bill would prohibit the importation and transportation of Asian carp, an invasive species that has created problems throughout the lower Mississippi and Missouri Rivers.

“Minnesotans take great pride in our lakes and rivers, and there’s no place for Asian carp in any of them,” Klobuchar said. “This invasive species will not only ruin the habitat of our native fish populations, but it also will have a harmful effect on commercial and recreational fishing, tourism, and boating.  This bill will help stop the spread of this dangerous species.”
Asian carp are known for disrupting local ecosystems due to their large size, destructive eating habits, and rapid rate of reproduction. Asian carp also threaten to negatively impact the Great Lakes’ $7.5-billion fishing industry and the 800,000 jobs it supports.

Klobuchar serves on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and has pressed for the need for both short- and long-term solutions to stop the spread of Asian carp. 


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