Rep. Kustoff Fights to Raise Awareness for Asian Carp Threat in Tennessee
Washington, D.C. – July 18, 2018 – Congressman David Kustoff (TN-08) today spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives to raise awareness on the impacts of invasive species, such as Asian Carp, on Tennessee waterways. A transcript of Congressman Kustoff’s speech on the House floor can be found below:
Congressman Kustoff said: “I rise today to raise awareness about the single greatest threat to Tennessee’s lake and river systems.
Invasive Asian Carp are destroying Tennessee’s native fisheries across the state. If ignored, these fish will decimate recreation, sporting, and tourism industries that rely on more than 60,000 miles of streams and rivers in my state.
For years, the focal point for combatting Asian Carp has been in the North: particularly the Great Lakes.
However, this threat has continued to spread throughout the Southeast. It is time to recognize that this species is invading states like Tennessee, Kentucky, and Alabama.
Congress needs to take action, or we will lose some of the most biologically diverse rivers and bass fishing in the country.
Asian Carp have the capacity to destroy the food systems of highly-valued recreational and commercial fisheries, which generate $2 billion dollars in economic impact, annually in Tennessee.
Mr. Speaker this issue cannot be ignored and I implore my colleagues to work with me to combat the invasion of Asian Carp in Tennessee and throughout the Southeast.
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, and I yield back."