Got a creative way to keep invasive carp out of the Great Lakes? Could be worth up to $700,000
LANSING, Mich. – Michigan’s Invasive Carp Challenge is now accepting proposals and will offer up to $700,000 in cash awards for innovative methods to prevent invasive (or Asian) carp from entering the Great Lakes, according to a Michigan DNR news release Tuesday, Aug. 1.
The challenge will accept solutions in any phase of development, from concept to design to field-tested models specifically aimed at preventing invasive carp movement into the Great Lakes, according to the release. Written proposals will be accepted online through InnoCentive’s Challenge Center through Oct. 31.
Once registered, those interested can see a detailed description of the challenge, review existing deterrent technologies for invasive carp and submit their proposed solutions.
On June 22, an 8-pound silver carp was captured beyond an electric barrier, just nine miles from Lake Michigan. The state continues to work with other states and Canadian provinces to keep silver and bighead carp – two species of invasive carp – from entering the Great Lakes.
For more on the challenge, go to www.michigan.gov/carpchallenge.