DNR: Seizure of Asian carp a first
May 19, 2006
By Cecil Angel, Free Press Staff Writer
Two grocery stores, one in Southfield and the other in Ypsilanti, were raided Wednesday and 84 live Asian carp confiscated, according to the state Department of Natural Resources.
Law enforcement officers from the DNR, and agents from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Department of Agriculture, conducted the raid after receiving a tip.
It's against state law to possess or transport live Asian carp, which include the grass carp, silver carp, bighead carp and black carp, as well as snakehead. Some types of carp can be found in the U.S., largely in rivers such as the Mississippi and the Ohio. The raid was the first seizure of these prohibited species in Michigan, according to the DNR.
Legal action is pending for the violation of offering to sell a prohibited species. The penalty for selling or offering to sell a prohibited species is a civil fine of not less than $2,000 or more than $20,000.
The imported carp, which can grow up to 4 feet long and 100 pounds, would be a danger to the Great Lakes ecosystem because they eat large amounts of zooplankton and other food that indigenous species need to survive. They also can leap from the water into boats, causing injuries to humans.
Anyone with information about the possession, sale or importation of live prohibited species is urged to contact the DNR's Report All Poaching Hotline at 800-292-7800.
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