- Associated Press - Thursday, March 6, 2014

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - An agency representing the eight Great Lakes states wants the federal government to take quicker action to prevent an Asian carp attack that could devastate native fish populations.

Meeting Wednesday in Washington, D.C., the Great Lakes Commission endorsed short-term measures it says could be taken while the debate continues over a permanent solution.

Bighead and silver carp from Asia have infested the Mississippi River and many of its tributaries. A January report by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers offered eight options for stopping them from reaching Lake Michigan through Chicago waterways. Some could take 25 years to implement.

The commission says in the meantime, the government should take more control measures including chemicals, better management of vessel ballast, intensive harvests and modification of a lock and dam structure.

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