U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Helps State Partners Take a Stand against Asian Carp

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 30, 2015

Contact:
Katie Steiger-Meister, 612-713-5317, Katie_Steiger-Meister@fws.gov

An electrofishing boat looking for Asian carp. Photo courtesy of Michigan DNR.
An electrofishing boat looking for Asian carp. Photo courtesy of Michigan DNR.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest Region is pleased to announce $800,000 in funding to assist state partners in the Upper Mississippi River and Ohio River basins in their Asian carp prevention and control efforts. The funding comes from a $2.3 million increase in the Service’s 2015 base budget to support integrated Asian carp management efforts outside of the Great Lakes basin.

Asian carp species, including bighead, silver, black and grass, are unwelcome invaders to the Midwest’s waterways. As directed by Congress in the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (2014), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is helping to coordinate response actions in the Upper Mississippi River and Ohio River basins to protect local economies that depend on outdoor recreation tied to healthy lakes, rivers and streams. Funding was distributed evenly between the two basins, with priority projects focused on understanding the distribution and movement of Asian carp, the impact of the invasive fish on native fish, and removal of Asian carp from the water. Following is a breakdown of funding in each basin by state:

Ohio River Basin

Kentucky       Total: $240,149

  • Research on distribution and movement
  • Control and removal
  • Limiting dispersal at lock and dams
  • Monitoring and response in the Ohio River
  • Coordination and outreach

West Virginia           Total: $95,000

  • Research on distribution and movement
  • Control and removal
  • Limiting dispersal at lock and dams
  • Monitoring and response in the Ohio River
  • Coordination and outreach

Indiana           Total: $62,351

  • Research on distribution and movement
  • Impacts on native fish

Pennsylvania Total: $2,500

  • Monitoring and response in the Ohio River

Upper Mississippi River Basin

Minnesota      Total: $140,000

  • Surveillance monitoring to determine presence and invasion fronts in the Upper Mississippi River
  • Evaluation of Asian carp and native fish passage at Mississippi River locks and dams

Illinois                       Total: $175,000

  • Surveillance monitoring to determine presence and invasion fronts in the Upper Mississippi River
  • Control and removal

Missouri         Total: $85,000

  • Evaluation of Asian carp and native fish passage at Mississippi River locks and dams

 

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