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Minnesota Discovers Silver Carp in St. Croix River

Silver carp captured on the St. Croix River by a commercial angler. Image courtesy of Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Silver carp captured on the St. Croix River by a commercial angler. Image courtesy of Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the first capture of a silver carp on the St. Croix River. The invasive carp was caught by a commercial angler near Prescott, Wis., during proactive monitoring in partnership with the DNR.

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Ecological Risk Assessment of Grass Carp for the Great Lakes Basin

Grass carp. Credit: USFWS.
Grass carp. Credit: USFWS.
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans-Canada (DFO), along with the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, released an ecological risk assessment of grass carp at the end of January 2017.

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Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee Releases 2017 Asian Carp Action Plan

2017 Asian Carp Action Plan
2017 Asian Carp Action Plan
The Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee’s (ACRCC) announced the release of its Fiscal Year 2017 Action Plan today. The Action Plan document details 60 high-priority strategic measures designed to prevent the spread of four species of invasive Asian carp in the Great Lakes.

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2016 Preliminary Barge Results

Barge. Credit: USFWS.
Barge. Credit: USFWS.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released a preliminary report of a study documenting how barge traffic impacts fish movement within the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Electric Dispersal Barrier System. The preliminary results show that it is possible that barges moving downstream (away from Lake Michigan) can temporarily cause a decrease in the electric charge in the canal and cause water in the canal to reverse direction and flow upstream (toward Lake Michigan). These combined effects could increase the risk of small fish being able to move upstream through the electric barrier.

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Service Acts to Prevent Harm to Native Wildlife from 11 Nonnative Species

Crucian carp. Photo courtesy of Mary Shattock/Creative Commons.
Crucian carp. Photo credit: Mary Shattock/Creative Commons.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today took action to help ensure 10 nonnative freshwater fish species and one nonnative freshwater crayfish species do not become established in the United States and damage native wildlife and habitats.

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Learn About USGS Role in Asian Carp Fight

Science and Technology Help Managers Battle Invading Asian Carp
Science and Technology Help Managers Battle Invading Asian Carp
A new USGS fact sheet describes USGS science and technology that is helping managers reduce existing Asian carp populations and control their spread in the nation’s waterways. The fact sheet presents examples of exciting new research focused on early detection of new invasions, risk assessment, and development and testing of tools and technologies for integrated containment and control of these harmful invasive species.

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Illinois DNR Releases Video on Unified Method

Harvesting Asian carp using the Unified Method. Photo by ILDNR.
Harvesting Asian carp using the Unified Method. Photo by ILDNR.
Multiple government agencies worked together with contracted commercial fishers to remove 96,000 pounds of Asian carp in just two weeks using a method that moves fish from one end of a lake to another so they can be harvested at once. The “Unified Method” was employed this spring on a backwater lake on the upper Illinois River near Morris, Illinois. Removal efforts have helped reduce Asian carp populations in the northern reaches of the river by up to 68 percent in the past five years.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Releases Second Annual Water Resources Reform and Development Act Report to Congress

Water Resources Reform and Development Act Report
Water Resources Reform and Development Act Report
Today the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released to the public the second annual report to Congress on activities and expenditures to manage the threat of Asian carp in the Upper Mississippi and Ohio River basins. The report, developed pursuant to the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 (WRRDA), provides a summary of detection, prevention, control and management actions conducted by federal and state agencies to address the threat of Asian carp within the two river basins from July 2014 through September 2015.

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Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee Releases 2016 Asian Carp Monitoring and Response Plan, Including Contingency Plan

Monitoring and Response Plan and Contingency Plan
Monitoring and Response Plan and Contingency Plan
The Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee (ACRCC) today released its first Contingency Plan which outlines member agencies’ preparedness to defend the Great Lakes from Asian carp in the Illinois River system. The Contingency Plan identifies actions partners will take if Asian carp are detected in new areas or if greater numbers of fish are observed. The plan complements the ACRCC’s 2016 Monitoring and Response Plan which details the scientific basis for control and management efforts to prevent the spread and establishment of Asian carp from the upper Illinois River into the Great Lakes.

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Completed Eagle Marsh berm blocks Asian carp pathway to Great Lakes

Eagle Marsh berm. Photo by Katie Steiger-Meister/USFWS.
Eagle Marsh berm.
Photo by Katie Steiger-Meister/USFWS.
Asian carp have one less pathway to the Great Lakes, thanks to the completion of a project announced today by the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee (ACRCC).

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2016 Asian Carp Action Plan Released

Asian Carp by Kate Gardiner/Creative Commons
Asian Carp.
Credit: Kate Gardiner/Creative Commons.
The Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee (ACRCC) today announced the release of the 2016 Asian Carp Control Action Plan. Formerly called the Asian Carp Control Strategy Framework, the document outlines the strategic and coordinated actions federal, provincial, state and local partners are taking to stop the introduction, spread and establishment of Asian carp into the Great Lakes.

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Evidence of Black Carp Natural Reproduction Found in Mississippi River

Juvenile black carp. Credit: MDC.
Juvenile black carp.
Credit: MDC.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – Researchers with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) report the first documented evidence of invasive black carp reproduction in the wild in North America. This means big problems for native river species, according to MDC Resource Scientist Quinton Phelps.

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