Faced with the threat that Asian carp could enter the Great Lakes, Michigan is turning to the public for new ideas and plans to offer a prize to whoever comes up with a way to stop Asian carp from entering any one of our Great Lakes.

If Asian carp aren't stopped, officials fear the aggressive fish will crowd out prize native fish and hamper recreational boating in large sections of the lakes.

Michigan alone has a $38 billion tourism industry, much of it focused on the outdoors, and the Great Lakes region has a $7 billion fishing industry.

Asian carp have been spotted 45 miles from Lake Michigan.  If the fish make it into that lake, they could make their way into the other Great Lakes.  Click here on Associated Press for more information on how to fight Asian carp.