Asian Carp

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…

Cox continues fight to keep Asian carp out of Great Lakes

Grand Rapids, Mich. – Although the U.S. Supreme Court denied Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox’s request for a preliminary injunction to temporarily close the locks on the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal to keep Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes, he is far from finished with the fight. Cox asked the court to close the locks on the canal,…

Poison floated as solution to stop Asian carp

The Associated Press   Chicago – Members of Congress say they’ll seek $20 million to study using poisons to prevent Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes. Securing the money was among several steps agreed on by lawmakers from the Great Lakes region during a meeting Jan. 27 in Washington, D.C. Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, who hosted the session, told…

Carp closer to Lake Michigan than feared

Chicago – In the wake of a lawsuit filed against Illinois by a handful of Great Lakes states over Asian carp, federal officials said they found evidence the fish is closer to Lake Michigan than ever before. On Jan. 11, officials announced two samples taken in October showed Asian carp DNA were collected at the Wilmette Pumping Station north of…

States sue Ill. over carp fear

Chicago – Illinois is being sued by three – and possibly four – other midwestern states over Asian carp and that fish’s threat to the Great Lakes. A fourth state may join the suit and a fifth was prepared to file a brief supporting the suit. Michigan was the first to file suit, doing so on Dec. 21. Its filing…

Asian carp gets attention of Ohio fishery managers

Columbus – Word spread fairly quickly when Asian carp might have breached an electrical barrier in Chicago that could lead the voracious fish straight into the Great Lakes. Alarmed Ohio fisheries managers hope the carp’s progress and potential to get into Lake Erie is much slower. “If I’m being perfectly candid, there’s nothing to sugarcoat here,” DNR_Division of Wildlife fisheries…

Asian carp may have breached electronic barrier

Traverse City, Mich. (AP) -Asian carp may have breached an electronic barrier designed to prevent the giant invaders from upsetting the ecosystem in the Great Lakes and jeopardizing a $7 billion sport fishery, officials said. Scientists recently collected 32 DNA samples of Asian carp between the barrier and Lake Michigan in waterways south of Chicago, although the fish have yet…

So far, good news from carp poison site

No Asian carp were spotted Dec. 3 in a Chicago canal during a massive fish kill aimed at trying to keep the giant fish from reaching the Great Lakes, officials said. Environmental officials said the lack of Asian carp may suggest the voracious fish hasn’t reached Lake Michigan yet. But they warned that that it’s too soon to declare victory…

While second fish barrier sits, third one is planned

Chicago – The gargantuan Asian carp likely will have a second electric barrier to Lake Michigan this spring, a move that will mark significant progress in a years-long project dogged by countless delays and criticisms. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project manager Chuck Shea said barrier IIA is expected to go online around the end of April, but the project…

Carp stop stalled by bad pipes

Chicago – Days before an electric barrier designed to deter nuisance carp in Illinois waterways was set be activated, officials suddenly pulled the plug. Defective cooling pipes are taking the blame. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Jan. 29 that it will again delay activation of Barrier IIA, which was built in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal near…

Chicago carp barrier to be activated

Washington – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has completed safety testing and says it will activate the electric dispersal barrier in the Chicago Ship Canal by the end of January. The Corps has been taking heat from Illinois and other Great Lakes states because of a 30-month delay on the project. Located in Chicago, the canal is an artificial…