Date: For Immediate Release – April 4, 2013
Contact: Christine Goepfert, Upper Midwest Program Manager, National Parks Conservation Association and Member, Stop Carp Coalition, 612.270.8564
Statement by: Christine Goepfert
Stop Carp Coalition Urges Continued Vigilance in Asian Carp Fight
“Despite the eDNA test results released today regarding Asian carp in the Mississippi and St. Croix rivers, the recent capture of three live Asian carp in Pool 6 near Winona in February and several other catches last year make clear this invasive species is still an urgent threat to Minnesota’s waterways. We are glad that the agencies that released this study still urge immediate action in the fight against Asian carp.
“Today’s test results are good news, but we must remain vigilant in preparing for an Asian carp invasion. The results don’t change the fact that we have no time to waste and action is needed now before Asian carp swim further north into our Minnesota waters.
“We need Gov. Dayton, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, our elected state and federal leaders, and all users of the locks and rivers to work together toward a solution to protect all of Minnesota’s waters. Today’s results only tell us it’s not too late to protect our precious natural resources and Minnesota’s proud outdoor heritage.”
About National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA): Since 1919, the nonpartisan National Parks Conservation Association has been the leading voice of the American people in the fight to safeguard our National Park System. NPCA and its more than 750,000 members, supporters and partners work together to protect the park system and preserve our nation’s natural, historical, and cultural heritage for our children and grandchildren. For more information, visit: www.npca.org
About Stop Carp Coalition: The Stop Carp Coalition is a group of more than 20 groups representing sportsmen and women, private property owners, anglers, conservation and environmental organizations that is collaborating to bring attention to the Asian Carp issue in Minnesota, educate the public and elected officials about impacts to our environment and economy, mobilize our combined thousands of members and supporters, and advocate for quick and strategic initiatives to slow and/or stop the invasion of these harmful invasive species in Minnesota waters. Member organizations include: Anglers for Habitat, Audubon Minnesota, Central Minnesota Audubon Society, Clean Water Action – Minnesota, Fish and Wildlife Legislative Alliance, Conservation Minnesota, Friends of the Mississippi River, FM Walleyes Unlimited, Inc., Izaak Walton League of America – MN Division, Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, Minnesota Coalition of Lake Associations (MN COLA), Minnesota Conservation Federation, Minnesota Lakes and Rivers Advocates, Minnesota Trout Association, Minnesota Trout Unlimited, Mississippi River Fund, National Parks Conservation Association, National Wildlife Federation, New Ulm Area Sport Fishermen, St. Croix River Association, and Wilderness Inquiry. For more information, visit: www.stopcarp.org