Evidence of Asian carp found in the lower Kalamazoo River

Evidence of Asian carp has been found in the lower Kalamazoo River.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced Tuesday that a water sample taken on the Kalamazoo river in Allegan County tested positive for Asian carp DNA.

According to the DNR, 200 water samples were taken in June 2014, and 200 more samples were taken in July 2014. Of the samples taken in July, one sample tested positive for DNA of the invasive fish.

The positive test indicates the presence of scales, excrement, or mucous from the fish. It does not indicate the presence of a population of Asian carp.

U.S. Representative Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph, MI) released a statement in response to the DNR announcement.

 “This finding is a frightening reminder of the threat posed to our fragile Great Lakes ecosystem. Building upon the success of this year's water resources bill, the Great Lakes region must work together to find a solution that protects our treasured waters for future generations. Thousands of jobs hang in the balance as our Great Lakes support a multi-billion-dollar fishing industry, which could be quickly decimated if the carp reach our waters. I applaud Governor Snyder for recognizing the urgency of this situation. We must all remain vigilant until this destructive force is stopped.”

The DNR also said that popular activities in the Kalamazoo River, like boating and fishing, could increase the possibility of carp DNA present in the river, without the presence of an actual,  live carp.
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