Brown introduces bill to protect Ohio River from Asian carp Read more: Portsmouth Daily Times

Portsmouth Daily Times

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) outlined his efforts to prevent the spread of Asian carp in the Ohio River basin during a news conference call Wednesday.

Brown announced plans to reintroduce bipartisan legislation that would help prevent the invasion of Asian carp to the Ohio River basin. The Strategic Response to Asian Carp Invasion Act would enable the federal government to have a more effective partnership with state and local entities that are fighting to end the spread of Asian carp. Brown first introduced the legislation with U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) in November 2012.

Asian carp is a catchall name for species of silver, bighead, grass, and black carp from Southeast Asia. The huge, hard-headed silver carp also pose a threat to boaters. The fish can leap out of the water when startled by boat engines, often colliding with people and causing injuries.

“Fishing and tourism are threatened by Asian carp,” Brown said. “They significantly alter the habitat with their voracious appetite. In effect, they crowd out native species by their eating habits.”

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