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Slaughter trying to curb entry of invasive species

Rep. Louise Slaughter of Fairport, co-chair of the Great Lakes Task Force, has introduced legislation to protect the United States and ecosystems like the Great Lakes from the economic and environmental threats of invasive species.

The Invasive Fish and Wildlife Prevention Act of 2012, H.R.5864, would significantly strengthen the ability of federal regulators to make rapid, science-based decisions on whether non-native fish or wildlife species pose a risk to ecosystems within the United States and cause economic damage or threaten public health.

“In Western New York we rely on the Great Lakes for fishing, shipping and recreation,” Slaughter said in a release. “The introduction of an invasive species like the Asian carp would be devastating to the lakes’ ecosystem and regional economy. If Congress had acted sooner to reform outdated rules and regulations, we would not be spending tens of millions of dollars a year to keep the carp out of the Great Lakes.”

The legislation is supported by a coalition of 28 environmental, conservation, fishing, boating and religious organizations from across the country including Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, Buffalo Audubon Society, Alliance for the Great Lakes and Great Lakes United.