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(Toledo News Now) -

The Obama Administration has released a new Asian carp control strategy, aimed at keeping the invasive species of fish out of the Great Lakes.

Dave Spangler says he's one of roughly 400 charter boat captains working between Maumee Bay and Port Clinton, and their way of life would be threatened should Asian carp invade the lakes.

"If they ever get into the system, it will literally destroy the lake as we know it today," Spangler said. "Our native fish - the populations would drop dramatically. The fish are a great attraction. Sport fishing is a $1.5 billion industry."

The Asian carp control plan includes strengthening an electronic barrier in the Chicago area, building a buffer between the Wabash and Maumee River basins near Fort Wayne, and designing mobile dispersal barriers in case of an emergency.

Luring people to an Asian carp-infested Lake Erie would be much more difficult according to Dave O'Neal at the Happy Hooker Bait and Tackle Shop.

"It'd be devastating to all of us," he said. "It would wipe out everybody. I don't know how they would ever get rid of them once they got here."

Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur says she applauds any and all measures to try to keep Asian carp out of the lakes, and she expresses concern that lawmakers from other parts of the country won't make it a high funding priority.   

For more information, visit the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee website here.

Related: Invasive Species: Preventing ‘bad fish' from ruining Maumee River food chain

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