Asian Carp

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…

President vetoes bill with Asian carp barrier funding

Washington — ‘Too much pork,’ president says; override promised. A federal bill to improve the nation’s waterways infrastructure took a hit last week when President Bush vetoed the measure, the House version of which is sponsored by U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar, D-Minn. The Water Resources Development Act includes authorization of funding to study and develop a carp barrier in the…

Invasive Asian carp inching toward state on Ohio River

By Mike Moore Editor Columbus — Over the past five years, Midwestern states have witnessed an exploding population of the exotic Asian carp and the species has found its way into the Ohio River system. Ohio soon may be dealing with significant numbers of the large fish in its own waters. “They’re up in Indiana on the Ohio River but…

Study pitches several theories for halting Asian carp invasion

DNR Reports St. Paul  Slowing the advance of Asian carp into the Upper Mississippi River Basin will require multiple deterrents that could include an acoustic barrier, expanded public outreach, and more regulation, according to a new study commissioned by the Minnesota and Wisconsin departments of natural resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The study was commissioned last fall,…