Get ready, Great Lakes anglers, because Asian Carpocalypse is nigh. Well, maybe not nigh…yet, but a recent research paper suggests the fish have already slipped past electric barriers designed to keep them out of the lakes.
From this story on Milwaukee Public Radio:
A paper released Wednesday by a journal called “Conservation Letters” says Asian carp have been able to pass an electric barrier that’s designed to keep them from entering Lake Michigan and spreading throughout the Great Lakes. The researchers behind the paper gathered more than 1,000 samples from Chicago-area waterways. Fifty-eight of those contained Asian carp DNA, and were collected beyond the electric barrier.
There has already been much debate about closing the locks between the lakes and the Mississippi River, but this latest news seems to suggest it’s already something of a moot point.