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August 03, 2011

Feds Trying to Determine if Asian Carp Have Made it Into Lake Michigan

By Chad Love

Federal officials are set to embark on a four-day Asian Carp fishing fest to determine if the high-flying aquatic rats have made their way into Lake Michigan

From this story in the Christian Science Monitor: 
Federal officials are starting a four-day intensive fishing expedition Monday to determine whether the Asian carp has infiltrated water locks that are designed to keep the invasive species from entering Lake Michigan, a scenario that neighboring states say would wreak havoc on the lake’s fragile ecosystem. The search effort is in response to discoveries of Asian carp DNA in June and July, all in Lake Calumet, a body of water located about six miles below Lake Michigan but directly connected to it through the Calumet-Sag Channel. That waterway intersects the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, a man-made channel that connects Lake Michigan with the Mississippi River.

Biologists from the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the US Army Corps of Engineers , and the Illinois Department of National Resources will join commercial fisherman and biologists from Southern Illinois University in the expedition through Lake Calumet and surrounding waterways. Their activities will include laying half-mile-wide nets to sweep large portions of the lake as well as sampling fish along the shoreline through electrofishing. The search is scheduled to continue through Thursday.

Let's hope they're wearing helmets...

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from MJC wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

Save the world. Eat carp.

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from MJC wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

...and lionfish. And anacondas. And kudzu. And...

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from Greenhead wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

They dropped the ball on this one. Carp have been found north of the barrier before and everyone ignored it because it was too expensive to fix. They are eventually going to find a bunch, and say its too late because the population is established. "If only we had known sooner!" They should have closed the CSSC a year ago.

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from turkeycreek91 wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

the worst thing fish biologists across the nation did was introduce carp to our lakes and rivers

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from bass bomber wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

Lets deal with carp how we deal with any other problem... shotguns. Just kidding

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from buckhunter wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

Thought it was common knowledge asian carp DNA has already been found in the Great Lakes.

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from Liangnerrisa Nerrisa wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

All in all,everyone is responsible to protect the world,including the Species and others。
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from Liangnerrisa Nerrisa wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

All in all,everyone is responsible to protect the world,including the Species and others。
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from Greenhead wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

Buckhunter, Asian carp DNA has been found several times in Lake Michigan (or at least north of the barrier) but what they call environmental DNA (eDNA) is not conclusive evidence of live Asian carp. It could have gotten there via a number of ways. For instance, a fish eating bird may have eaten Asian carp below the barrier and then defecated north of the barrier, or a person may have caught one south of the barrier and discarded the remains north of the barrier. Basically any activity that transports any part of an Asian carp across the barrier could theoretically have caused the positive test.

This uncertainty makes it easy for the State of Illinois to deny that Asian carp are crossing the barrier. Even the fact that an actual fish was found north of the barrier did not shake their belief that fish are crossing the barrier. They are adamant that nothing of the sort is happening and claimed that particular fish was an isolated incident where someone placed one fish in the water north of the barrier and they happened to find it.

This is an issue I am passionate about and have written a law review article about that is awaiting publication. If you, or anyone else reading this, would like to see a factual and fully cited (albeit slanted) article on the issue, just shoot me an email at Greenheadfs@gmail.com and I would be happy to send it to you. I will not pretend it is objective, but I back up every assertion that I make with factual information.

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from Hoski wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

As is noted by the comments, this issue isn't new.
Sportsman/women have long held the position that it's better to err on the side of caution, protecting our lakes from yet another invasive, while shipping interests protect their bottom line.
The Army corp. of Engineers study isn't due for finalization for nearly 5 years...must be they believe the carp will wait.

Greenhead, I look forward to receiving your article. With your permission I plan to forward copies to my representation.

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from badsmerf wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

Why don't they put a bounty of them and just completely fish them out? Shoot, make it 10 cents a fish, you catch 1000 fish and come home with 100 dollars. Really wouldn't take too much I don't think. Fish get fished out all the time.

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from Drew YoungeDyke wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

Greenhead,

I wrote a law review article on this issue in Spring 2010; I'd definitely be interested in reading yours when you're done.

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from Greenhead wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

They dropped the ball on this one. Carp have been found north of the barrier before and everyone ignored it because it was too expensive to fix. They are eventually going to find a bunch, and say its too late because the population is established. "If only we had known sooner!" They should have closed the CSSC a year ago.

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from bass bomber wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

Lets deal with carp how we deal with any other problem... shotguns. Just kidding

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from Greenhead wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

Buckhunter, Asian carp DNA has been found several times in Lake Michigan (or at least north of the barrier) but what they call environmental DNA (eDNA) is not conclusive evidence of live Asian carp. It could have gotten there via a number of ways. For instance, a fish eating bird may have eaten Asian carp below the barrier and then defecated north of the barrier, or a person may have caught one south of the barrier and discarded the remains north of the barrier. Basically any activity that transports any part of an Asian carp across the barrier could theoretically have caused the positive test.

This uncertainty makes it easy for the State of Illinois to deny that Asian carp are crossing the barrier. Even the fact that an actual fish was found north of the barrier did not shake their belief that fish are crossing the barrier. They are adamant that nothing of the sort is happening and claimed that particular fish was an isolated incident where someone placed one fish in the water north of the barrier and they happened to find it.

This is an issue I am passionate about and have written a law review article about that is awaiting publication. If you, or anyone else reading this, would like to see a factual and fully cited (albeit slanted) article on the issue, just shoot me an email at Greenheadfs@gmail.com and I would be happy to send it to you. I will not pretend it is objective, but I back up every assertion that I make with factual information.

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from MJC wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

Save the world. Eat carp.

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from MJC wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

...and lionfish. And anacondas. And kudzu. And...

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from turkeycreek91 wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

the worst thing fish biologists across the nation did was introduce carp to our lakes and rivers

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from buckhunter wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

Thought it was common knowledge asian carp DNA has already been found in the Great Lakes.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Liangnerrisa Nerrisa wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

All in all,everyone is responsible to protect the world,including the Species and others。
car dvr:http://www.espow.com/wholesale-car-electronics-car-dvr.html

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from Liangnerrisa Nerrisa wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

All in all,everyone is responsible to protect the world,including the Species and others。
http://www.espow.com/wholesale-car-electronics-car-dvr.html

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from Hoski wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

As is noted by the comments, this issue isn't new.
Sportsman/women have long held the position that it's better to err on the side of caution, protecting our lakes from yet another invasive, while shipping interests protect their bottom line.
The Army corp. of Engineers study isn't due for finalization for nearly 5 years...must be they believe the carp will wait.

Greenhead, I look forward to receiving your article. With your permission I plan to forward copies to my representation.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from badsmerf wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

Why don't they put a bounty of them and just completely fish them out? Shoot, make it 10 cents a fish, you catch 1000 fish and come home with 100 dollars. Really wouldn't take too much I don't think. Fish get fished out all the time.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Drew YoungeDyke wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

Greenhead,

I wrote a law review article on this issue in Spring 2010; I'd definitely be interested in reading yours when you're done.

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