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Dr. Felix Martinez, Program Manager for NOAA's Regional Ecosystem Prediction Program's Aquatic Invasive Species project
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Tammy Newcomb, senior water policy advisor and fisheries research biologist
Photo Credit: MI DNR

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has taken a strong stance on supporting measures to prevent the spread of Asian carp into the Great Lakes. However, without a separation between the Mississippi River and Great Lakes basins the risk of spread of these species and other AIS persists. Given this risk, if – or when – Asian carp make their way into Great Lakes waters; will the DNR be ready to deal with them? We certainly intend to be – so much so, that our Fisheries Division staged a two-day exercise on the St. Joseph River this past September to test our field skills and prepare the agency for action in the event silver or bighead carp show up.

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John Goss speaks with Scholastic Kids Press Corps Member
Photo Credit: USGS

Resources for Students & Teachers

Why are Asian carp a problem?

Printable handouts

Shedd Aquarium Asian carp digital curriculum and videos

Web resources

Videos for the classroom


Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee