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Lampreys from Great Lakes destined for queen's pie

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DETROIT (AP) — A few unwanted, invasive sea lampreys from the Great Lakes have been shipped to England for use in a traditional pie for Queen Elizabeth II.

The Detroit Free Press reports the City of Gloucester requested the eel-like creatures from the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, since they’re protected in England. The pie is for June’s Diamond Jubilee, the 60th anniversary of the queen’s ascent to the throne.

Commission spokesman Marc Gaden shipped 2 pounds of frozen lamprey from Lake Huron and plans to officially present them to the city May 4.

He says Great Lakes officials “would prefer to send them truckloads of lamprey.”

Lampreys got into the Great Lakes from the Atlantic Ocean through shipping canals in the 1920s and have been a threat to the fishery ever since.

 

 

 

 

Posted 4/27/2012