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Asian carp found six miles from Lake Michigan
USGS biologist says it is not a major scientific development
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Invasiuve asian carp
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An Asian carp was found in Lake Calumet six miles away from Lake Michigan. Some environmental groups say it's the strongest evidence yet that the invasive species is moving from the Mississippi toward the Great Lakes. U.S. Geological Survey Fish Biologist Duane Chapman says the carp is a true environmental engineer that changes the energy and nutrient flow of the ecosystems it invades.

But he says we probably won't feel the full effects of the fish for a few decades.
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Chapman says if the fish reach high densities in the Great Lakes, they could damage the seven billion dollar Great Lakes fishing industry by choking off the food supply of more desirable native fish.

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