Asian carp proposal could cancel annual boat parade

Published online: Sep 03, 2010 News Trade Only Today
Viewed 150 time(s)

Chicago's seasonal ritual of boat parades could be scuttled as five states ask a judge to head off an invasion of Asian carp by blocking access to Lake Michigan.

Boats come out of winter storage along the Chicago and Calumet rivers each spring and motor through locks into the lake, where they harbor until autumn. The city schedules lifts of movable bridges twice a week to accommodate tall masts, Bloomberg reports.

Michigan and four other states will argue at a hearing next week that one way to shut out the carp is to close the locks. Boaters say that would strand them in dry dock or, for sailboats, cost thousands of dollars to have vessels transported overland.

Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ohio and Pennsylvania contend that the carp threaten the region's $7.1 billion sportfishing and commercial fishing industry.

U.S. District Judge Robert Dow in Chicago will hear evidence in the lawsuit filed in July by attorneys general for those states. It alleges that Illinois and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers haven't done enough to keep the fish out of the lakes, according to Bloomberg.

Click here for the full article.

You May Also Be Interested In...

March 31, 2015

Cascade Cycleboats launches pedal-powered boat tours

A rickshaw by any other name...wouldn't be a rickshaw anymore, I guess. But Cascade Cycleboats certainly evoke those three-wheeled conveyances of years past.
March 19, 2015

Carefree Boat Club adds location in Georgia

Carefree Boat Club has just opened a brand new location, adding to its ever-growing lineup.
March 17, 2015

World's fastest pontoon boat gets even faster

When you think of fast boats, a pontoon is probably pretty low on your list, just ahead of houseboats and tugboats. Brad Rowland begs to differ.
March 05, 2015

West Marine begins "Do It Yourselfie!" promotion

Show off your selfie fixing up your boat and West Marine could lend you a hand.
March 04, 2015

Pontoon Brands United

Premier Marine announced today the company will transfer the production of its Weeres and Palm Beach brands to its headquarters in Wyoming, Minn.
March 02, 2015

West Marine's New Product Review Day set for March 20

West Marine has announced the date for this year's iteration of their New Product Review Day.
Follow us on Facebook!  Follow us on Instagram!  Follow us on Twitter!  Follow us on YouTube!