Asian Carp

Michigan village: Close fish ladder to help stop asian carp

Berrien Springs, Mich. (AP) – Officials with a southwestern Michigan village support the idea of closing a fish ladder on the St. Joseph River because of the threat from Asian carp. The Herald-Palladium of St. Joseph reports the Berrien Springs Village Council this week passed a resolution in support of “all efforts” to stop bighead and silver carp that have migrated…

A brief history of Asian carp use, Yesterday and Today

 Pine Bluff, Ark. – Asian carp have been migrating northward in the Mississippi River and its tributaries for several years after escaping from southern U.S. fish farms and sewage lagoons during mid-1990s flooding.That oft-used statement, or a derivation thereof, has drawn the ire of a southern university official on more than one occasion. It’s become an apparent statement of fact,…

Getting to know Asian Carp

Where did they come from and why? And how did they become what some now are calling the Great Lakes’ greatest threat? Here’s a thumbnail sketch of each of the four species of invasive Asian carps, each a distant relative to the common carp. Their native range Bighead carp: According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the bighead carp…

Corps: More voltage needed for Asian carp barrier

CHICAGO (AP) – The electric barrier designed to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes may need more voltage to stop the smallest of the invading fish, according to a report issued Friday by the Army Corps of Engineers. Small carp won’t be stopped by the current voltage used at the barrier on the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal,…

No traces of Asian carp found in Milwaukee waterways

No traces of Asian carp DNA have been found in water samples collected from major Milwaukee waterways, according to the University of Notre Dame researchers who did the sampling. The researchers notified the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources of the results in a letter last week. The DNR provided boats and boat operators to help collect the water samples from…

OH: Ohio sites on risk list for Asian carp

Akron, Ohio – A new study by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers pinpoints nine Ohio waterways where Asian carp could move between the Mississippi (Ohio) River and Great Lakes watersheds. One of those locations – Long Lake on the Ohio-Erie Canal in Summit County – is number two on the Corps’ list of places posing the greatest risk. The…

No Asian Carp DNA Found in Michigan Waters

Tests conducted this fall have not shown the presence of environmental DNA (eDNA) for either bighead or silver carp in Michigan waters, according to results received by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment earlier this month. From Sept. 15 to Oct. 5, 2010, researchers from the University of Notre Dame and The Nature Conservancy collected 74 water samples…

Asian Carp: can we beat ’em by eating ’em?

Mukwonago, WI (AP) – Chef Jimmy Wade isn’t transforming his Heaven City Restaurant near Mukwonago into a house of flying carp just yet. But the adventurous chef, who hosts twice-a-year wild game dinners, is planning an “invasivore” dinner menu in February as part of his Tapas Tuesday series. On the menu: Carp Cakes, Smoked Carp Steak and Carp Napoleon, featuring…

MI Attorney General Steps up Calls for Asian Carp Measures

From the editors: The following news release was issued by the official state of Michigan web site, about the ongoing efforts to stave off significant spread of Asian carp in the Great Lakes…  Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has announced he will renew efforts to protect Michigan’s environment and economy by continuing Michigan’s lawsuit aimed at stopping the march of…

Administration plans stepped-up fight against carp

By JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) – The Obama administration says it will step up efforts to prevent Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes, even though closing Chicago-area shipping locks, as some in the region want to do, is off the table. Officials on Thursday outlined the federal government’s strategy for meeting the Asian carp…

IL: Asian carp, locks decision remains question mark

Chicago – The carp arguments continue. And continue. Attorneys representing five states seeking the immediate closure of Chicago-area shipping locks to stop the spread of Asian carp made final arguments in federal court on Oct. 18. Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin say the move would ensure the invasive fish won’t overrun the Great Lakes and decimate a multi-billion dollar…

Federal carp director to oversee prevention work

Chicago — No one is using “Carp Czar” in his official title, but John Goss is in essence exactly that. On Sept. 8, Goss, a former top official with the Indiana DNR, was named federal Asian carp director – basically  the front-line person in charge of keeping Asian carp from swimming up the Chicago canal into Lake Michigan. Quite expected,…

Obama administration appoints ‘carp czar’

Chicago — No one is using “Carp Czar” in his official title, but John Goss is in essence exactly that. On Sept. 8, Goss, a former top official with the Indiana DNR, was named federal Asian carp director – basically the front-line person in charge of keeping Asian carp from swimming up the Chicago canal into Lake Michigan. Quite expected,…

Gov. Strickland rings alarm on Asian carp

Port Clinton, Ohio – The threat to the Great Lakes posed by the pending invasion of Asian carp at Lake Michigan could become a disaster that surpasses even that being caused to the Gulf Coast by the BP oil spill, Gov. Ted Strickland asserted. The governor, who was walleye fishing on western Lake Erie in the 31st annual Lake Erie…

Asian carp pass barrier in Chicago

Chicago – At least one adult Asian carp has breached the electric barrier built specifically to keep the invasive fish from advancing up the Chicago canal system and into Lake Michigan. Federal and state officials in Illinois announced June 23 that a commercial fisherman caught a 34.6-inch, 19.6-pound Asian bighead carp in Lake Calumet, which lies on the south side…

More poison targeted for Illinois Asian carp

Washington – The Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Commit-tee is implementing a new monitoring and sampling plan to guide Asian carp control efforts. “This sampling plan will provide us with important data needed to make future decisions,” John Rogner, assistant director of DNR, said. “Keeping Asian carp from establishing a population in Lake Michigan remains our ultimate goal, and we think…

Asian carp could put work on waterways at risk

Chicago (AP) – Capt. Keith Kulczyk has spent three decades traveling up and down the Calumet River. “This is the only place I’ve ever worked,” he said. The hardened river pilot – who prefers the placid river to the Great Lakes because he gets seasick – navigates with ease the three-mile river that links inland Chicago-area waterways to the Great…

Feds won’t close Chicago canal

Traverse City, Mich. (AP) – With marauding Asian carp on the Great Lakes’ doorstep, the federal government has crafted a $78.5 million battle plan that offers no assurance of thwarting an invasion and doesn’t use the most promising weapon available to fight it off. The surest way to prevent the huge, hungry carp from gaining a foothold in the lakes…