Posted by: Kath Usitalo | August 19, 2011

Friday Trivia: Conservation And All That Carp

Lake Michigan near Muskegon

Where will you find the largest non-profit, statewide conservation club in the U.S.?

The Great Lakes State.

The Michigan United Conservation Clubs was founded in November 1937 by representatives of 35 outdoor clubs with the common goal of protecting Michigan’s outdoors and the rights of hunters, fishers and trappers to pursue those activities. MUCC is both a source of information and a voice for those interested in conservation and recreation.

It publishes Michigan OutofDoors Magazine and for its members, and conducts Michigan OutofDoors University, an educational resource on outdoors-related topics.

One effort of the MUCC is the first Asian Carp Summit at the Michigan Lodging & Tourism Industry Legislative Conference in Lansing on Saturday, September 13.

No, this is not a gathering of members of the invasive fish species that may or may not want to take up residence in the Great Lakes. It’s an event co-sponsored by the MUCC, Michigan Boating Industries Association, Michigan Snowsports Industries Association, and the Michigan Lodging and Tourism Associationat the Michigan Lodging & Tourism Industry Legislative Conference to discuss the status and promote a stop-the-carp agenda.  

The program takes place from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Radisson Lansing Hotel and features a panel discussion about the threat of the Asian Carp to the Great Lakes and presentations by Patty Birkholz, director of Michigan’s Office of the Great Lakes, and John Goss, the U.S. Council on Environmental Quality’s Asian Carp director.

Yes, there is such a governmental position.

Question: If Asian Carp take direction, why doesn’t Mr. Goss just do his job and direct the unwanted species away from the Great Lakes?

Registration for the Asian Carp Summit is $75 and includes lunch.

No word on what’s on the menu but due to a shortage of the fish in Michigan, I’m fairly certain it will not be Asian Carp.


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