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Corps Releases Draft Report Related to Preventing Spread of Asian Carp into the Great Lakes

Aerial view of Brandon Road Lock and Dam in Joliet Illinois. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. Aerial view of Brandon Road Lock and Dam in Joliet Illinois. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released The Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study – Brandon Road Draft Integrated Feasibility Study and Environmental Impact Statement – Will County, Illinois (GLMRIS-Brandon Road Report) for public review and comment.

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Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Tagging Invasive Carp for First Time

Minnesota DNR specialists implant a tag in a bighead carp. Photo courtesy of MN DNR. Minnesota DNR specialists implant a tag in a bighead carp. Photo courtesy of MN DNR.
Minnesota Legislature granted the state's Department of Natural Resources the authority to use tagging as a research tool. For the first time in Minnesota, the DNR is using a tagged bighead carp to learn more about invasive carps.

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No Silver or Bighead Carps Found as Sampling Concludes in Illinois Waterway

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service field team deployed to the response. Photo courtesy of IL DNR.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service team deployed to the response. Photo courtesy of IL DNR.
No silver or bighead Asian carp have been seen or caught since the capture of an adult male silver carp 9 miles from Lake Michigan on June 22 by contracted commercial fisher below the T.J. O’Brien Lock and Dam. The silver carp capture triggered the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee’s Contingency Response Plan (PDF). An intensive monitoring operation in the Chicago Area Waterway System is currently underway this week.

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No Silver or Bighead Carps Found as Sampling Continues in Illinois Waterway

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Magna Carpa deployed to Calumet Harbor on June 27, 2017. Photo courtesy of IL DNR.
The Magna Carpa deployed to Calumet Harbor. Photo courtesy of IL DNR.
No silver or bighead Asian carp have been seen or caught since the capture of an adult male silver carp 9 miles from Lake Michigan on June 22 by contracted commercial fisher below the T.J. O’Brien Lock and Dam. The silver carp capture triggered the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee’s Contingency Response Plan (PDF). An intensive monitoring operation in the Chicago Area Waterway System is currently underway this week.

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Silver Carp Captured Nine Miles from Lake Michigan

Silver carp captured in the Illinois Waterway on June 22, 2017 below T.J. O'Brien Lock and Dam. Image courtesy of Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
Silver carp captured in the Illinois Waterway. Photo courtesy of IL DNR.
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee (ACRCC) announce the preliminary finding of 1 silver carp in the Illinois Waterway below T.J. O’Brien Lock and Dam, approximately nine miles away from Lake Michigan.

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Black Carp Bounty Leads to Discovery in Illinois River

Black carp found at river mile 137 of Illinois River in April of 
2017. Photo courtesy of Aaron Roberts.
Black carp found at river mile 137 of Illinois River. Photo courtesy of Aaron Roberts.
A black carp captured this April in the Illinois River by a commercial fisher highlights a unique partnership between fishers, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, and Southern Illinois University.

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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. Photo courtesy of MN DNR.
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. Photo by 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 Cover.
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. Photo by 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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