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Appeals Court Will Not Order Shipping Locks Closed to Stop Asian Carp

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On Wednesday, a federal appeals court rejected the request of Ohio and four other Great Lakes states to close Chicago shipping locks to stop the advance of Asian carp.

The three-judge panel of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with December’s district court decision finding that the invasive species did not seem an imminent threat.

In July 2010, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin sued the federal government to temporarily close the locks until other carp-control methods could be put in place.

Asian carp have overwhelmed native fish populations by out-competing them for food, jeopardizing the great Lakes’ $7 billion annual fishing industry.

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