House Passes Bipartisan Kaptur, Kildee Amendment Securing Additional $500,000 to Combat Invasive Grass Carp Population
WASHINGTON — Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) and Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-5) released the following statement after their bipartisan amendment adding $500,000 for the International Fisheries Commissions to combat Grass Carp in the Great Lakes passed the House of Representatives in the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill. The bill, now containing $1,000,000 for Grass Carp control in the Great Lakes, goes to the U.S. Senate where it is expected to be adopted.
The Great Lakes Fisheries Commission is a binational U.S. and Canadian entity that helps manage and protect the Great Lakes, the largest body of freshwater in the world. The Fishery Commission was created through the 1954 Convention on Great Lakes Fisheries and coordinates management and protection of the fisheries. This amendment provides an additional $500,000 for the Commission to control Grass Carp in the Great Lakes. Combined with the base bill, the State Foreign Operations draft now contains $1,000,000 for Grass Carp control. Grass Carp are a particularly pernicious invasive species that has been found in both Lake Michigan and Lake Erie. Working together, Congresswoman Kaptur and Kildee fought to provide these funds to better control the Grass Carp.
“While much of our national focus on stopping Asian Carp has been directed toward the Big-Head Carp, let us not forget that the Grass Carp also poses an existential threat to the economic future of the Great Lakes,” said Rep. Kaptur. “Far too few resources have been allocated to fight the Grass Carp. This amendment will address that by funding the Great Lakes Fisheries Commission to combat Grass Carp in Lake Erie and across the Great Lakes. The negative economic and environmental effects these species have on Great Lakes and coastal communities cannot be overstated. If this plight is not contained, Grass Carp will devastate our $7 billion fishing industry and equally important tourism industry. I thank Rep. Kildee for his partnership in advancing this important legislation and urge its swift adoption in the U.S. Senate.”
“When we protect our Great Lakes, we strengthen our economy and preserve our way of life in Michigan,” said Congressman Kildee. “Invasive species, including grass carp, are a threat to the health of the lakes and we must do more to stop invasive species from spreading. I am proud to see the House of Representatives pass this amendment and commit to doing more to protect the health of our Great Lakes.”