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2016

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 IL DNR.
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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Asian Carp eggs and larvae identified in the Upper Illinois Waterway during 2015

Hours old larvae in 2007 from Illinois River near Havana, Illinois. Credit: Kevin Irons/IDNR.
Hours old larvae.
Credit: Kevin Irons/IDNR.
On June 18, 2015, three Silver Carp larvae were collected, approximately a mile-and-a-half upstream of the I-55 Bridge (Channahon, Illinois), in the Dresden Island Pool of the Des Plaines River (River Mile (RM) 279.3).  These individuals ranged from 8.5 – 10.0 mm (0.33-0.39 inches) total length.  Asian carp eggs (either Silver or Bighead Carp) were also identified from samples collected from Marseilles and Starved Rock pools of the Illinois River, as well as from downstream pools (LaGrange and Peoria).

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Study: Asian carp could cause some Lake Erie fish to decline, others to increase

A depiction of a simplified Lake Erie food web showing the potential impacts of Asian carp. Credit: NOAA GLERL
A depiction of a simplified Lake Erie food web- potential impacts of Asian carp.
Credit: NOAA GLERL
ANN ARBOR—If they successfully invade Lake Erie, Asian carp could eventually account for about a third of the total weight of fish in the lake and could cause declines in most fish species—including prized sport and commercial fish such as walleye, according to a new computer modeling study.

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2015

UPDATE: Small Asian Carp Found in Marseilles Pool of Illinois River

Carp in Illinois Waterway.	Photo Credit: USFWS
Carp in Illinois Waterway.
Photo Credit: USFWS
On October 22, 2015, as part of an on-going comprehensive monitoring plan for assessing location and populations of Asian carp in the Illinois Waterway, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) sampling crews detected two small silver carp in the Marseilles Pool of the Illinois River. This site, near Moody Bayou, upstream of Seneca, Illinois, marks the furthest upstream location fish of this size have been captured. The fish, captured via electrofishing and measuring about 6.5 inches in length, will be aged by researchers to determine what year they were spawned.

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USFWS Shares Results of Studies on Small Fish Movement and Barge Traffic

Electrofishing. Photo Credit: Gary Chancey/USFS
Electrofishing.
Photo Credit: Gary Chancey/USFS
This past year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conducted studies to test whether small fish could become trapped in the underwater spaces between commercial barges and inadvertently transported over various distances and across electrical barriers. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers operates a system of three electrical fish dispersal barriers in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, which are designed to prevent the movement of non-native fish, including Asian carps, between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins. Research used golden shiners to examine the impact of commercial barge traffic on small fish movement to better understand the potential risk of small Asian carp passing through the electrical fish dispersal barriers in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal.

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Invasive Silver Carp Respond Strongly to Sound

Silver carp. Photo Credit: USGS
Silver carp.
Photo Credit: USGS
Silver carp, a species of invasive Asian carp, demonstrated a strong aversion to certain noises during a recent study on the potential use of sound for silver carp control.

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Six-inch silver carp found in Starved Rock Pool, Illinois River

Small Asian carp found in the Starved Rock pool of the Illinois Waterway by Sheehan Island. Photo Credit: USFWS
Small Asian carp found in the Starved Rock pool of the Illinois Waterway.
Photo Credit: USFWS
As part of a comprehensive monitoring plan for assessing location and populations of Asian carp on the Illinois Waterway, crews have detected silver carp less than 6-inches in length in the Starved Rock Pool of the Illinois River, just a few miles downstream from Marseilles Lock and Dam near Ottawa, Illinois. Complete details of the 2015 Monitoring and Response Plan (Plan) for Asian carp in the Illinois River and Chicago Area Waterway System (CAWS) can be found online at www.asiancarp.us.

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Response exercise provides DNR staff with more training on Asian carp removal

Commercial fishermen. Photo Credit: Michigan DNR
Commercial fishermen
Photo Credit: Michigan DNR
The Department of Natural Resources sent several Fisheries Division staff last week to Illinois to assist their DNR with an on-going Asian carp removal project. The goal of the project is to respond to the leading edge and reduce the population levels of Asian carp that are threatening the Great Lakes via the Chicago Area Waterway System (CAWS).

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Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee Releases 2015 Asian Carp Control Strategy Framework

Juvenile Asian carp. Photo Credit: USFWS
Juvenile Asian carp
Photo Credit: USFWS
The Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee today announced the release of the 2015 Asian Carp Control Strategy Framework. The Framework outlines the steps federal, state, and provincial partners will take in the fight again Asian carp.

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

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

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Updated Map on Location of Bighead and Silver Carps in the Illinois Waterway

Silver carp captured near Peru, IL. Photo Credit: USFWS
Silver carp captured near Peru, IL
Photo Credit: USFWS
Updated map for the April sampling results in the Illinois Waterway.

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Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Funds National Grass Carp Report

National Grass Carp Report. Photo Credit: USFWS
National Grass Carp Report.
Photo Credit: USFWS
In an effort to prevent the illegal or unintentional release of grass carps into the Great Lakes, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service requested the Mississippi Interstate Cooperative Resource Association to examine commercial grass carp production in the United States. The final report contains eight recommendations from MICRA on how to potentially improve grass carp production, certification, shipping, stocking and regulation. The report was funded by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Releases First 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 Congress the first annual report of summary activities and expenditures to manage the threat of Asian carp in the Upper Mississippi and Ohio River basins. The report was released pursuant to the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014.

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2014

100,000 Pounds of Asian Carp - Illinois DNR Works to Prevent Asian Carp From Approaching the Chicago Area Waterway

100,000 pounds of carp. Photo Credit: ACRCC
100,000 pounds of carp. Photo Credit: ACRCC
The Illinois DNR continues to work with contracted commercial fishers to prevent Asian carp from approaching the Chicago Area Waterway System and electric barrier system in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal at Romeoville. While commercial fishers have found no Asian carp near Chicago and the electric barrier system, they are finding ways to increase success of catching Asian carp in areas of the upper Illinois River, such as a mid-December netting operation near Ottawa, Illinois.

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New USGS Videos on Asian Carp Control Tools

2014 Monitoring Plans Released. Photo Credit: ACRCC
Watergun platforms & hydroacoustics boat. Photo Credit: USGS.
See how scientists from the USGS, Illinois Department of Natural Resources and Southern Illinois University combined multiple Asian carp control technologies during field tests in a backwater of the Illinois River. 

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Harper Government opens Asian Carp Science Lab

2014 Monitoring Plans Released. Photo Credit: ACRCC
Inside the new lab.
Photo Credit: Fisheries & Oceans Canada
Ottawa – Ontario - Today, the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Regional Minister for Southwestern Ontario, joined by Member of Parliament for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound Larry Miller, announced the opening of a new Asian carp science lab in Burlington, Ontario.

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Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee Releases 2014 Asian Carp Control Strategy Framework

2014 Monitoring Plans Released. Photo Credit: ACRCC
2014 Framework
Photo Credit: ACRCC
WASHINGTON – The Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee (ACRCC) today announced a coordinated strategy to protect the Great Lakes from silver and bighead carp, building on previous Obama Administration efforts to prevent self-sustaining populations from becoming established in the Great Lakes.

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2014 Monitoring Plans Released

2014 Monitoring Plans Released. Photo Credit: ACRCC
2014 Monitoring Plans Released.
Photo Credit: ACRCC
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee (ACRCC) today announced the release of an updated Monitoring and Response Plan (MRP) intended to protect the Great Lakes from Asian carp, and to prevent the invasive fish species from developing self-sustaining populations in the Great Lakes. For the first time the MRP is being released concurrently with a summary of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Great Lakes eDNA Monitoring Program.

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Summary of Public Comments on GLMRIS Released

Where physical separation is supported.
Photo Credit: USACE
Where physical separation is supported.
Photo Credit: USACE
CHICAGO - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers posted a summary May 5, 2014, of comments submitted and recorded for administrative record during the public comment period for the Mississippi River Interbasin Study (GLMRIS) Report. The GLMRIS Report outlines eight potential plans within the Chicago Area Waterway System (CAWS) to address the transfer of aquatic nuisance species, such as Asian carp, between the two basins.

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2013

News GLMRIS Newsletter Available

GLMRIS panel at a public meeting.
Photo Credit: USACE
Panel at a public meeting
Photo Credit: USACE
Volume 4, Issue 1 of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study Newsletter is now available. In this issue, find out what the GLMRIS Team has been up to since the release of the report; what mitigation is and why it is important, and how it was incorporated into the report.

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Video: 5 Steps to Protect Your Lake from Exotic Species

Cleaning to prevent spread of invasives.
Photo Credit: MDDEFP
Cleaning to prevent spread of invasives.
Photo Credit: MDDEFP
Please enjoy a new video from Quebec's Ministry of Sustainable development, Environment, Wildlife and Parks that demonstrates five easy and effective steps to clean up fishing boats and recreational crafts to prevent the introduction and spread of exotic invasive species.

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Québec Joins Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee

Fish sampling, Asian carp monitoring
Photo Credit: ACRCC
Fish sampling, Asian carp monitoring
Photo Credit: ACRCC
The Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee (ACRCC) announced today that the Government of Québec has joined the effort to ensure comprehensive action to protect the Great Lakes from invasive Asian carp.

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Report Released Documenting the 2009 and 2010 Large-Scale Rotenone Applications in the Chicago Area Waterway System

Rotenone/Dye Tracking Boat
Rotenone/Dye Tracking Boat
Photo Credit: USGS
Two large-scale and complex applications of rotenone in the Chicago Area Waterway System (CAWS) in 2009 and 2010 to combat invasive Asian carp are documented in this report.

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Report submitted to Congress with alternatives to prevent Asian carp and other species’ transfer between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins

GLMRIS Logo
GLMRIS Logo
Photo Credit: USACE
CHICAGO - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) submitted to Congress the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study (GLMRIS) Report Jan. 6, 2014. View the report at www.glmris.anl.gov.

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USACE releases GLMRIS newsletter

Updating partners on GLMRIS activities. Photo Credit: USACE
Updating partners on GLMRIS activities
Photo Credit: USACE

While many exciting releases and engagements have taken place since our last newsletter in July, the majority of the team’s time has been tremendously focused on the drafting, compilation and quality assurance review of the GLMRIS Report, which will be made public in January.

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Are you using Asian carp as bait? Michigan's new video helps you find out

Carp bait. Photo Credit: MI DNR
Carp bait
Photo Credit: MI DNR

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has developed a video to assist anglers and the general public in identifying juvenile Asian carp. Juvenile Asian carp can be confused with common baitfish – such as gizzard shad, emerald shiner, spottail shiner, or golden shiner.

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New tool helps in understanding how Asian carp eggs spread

Fluvial Drift Simulator. Photo Credit: University of Illinois
Fluvial Drift Simulator
Photo Credit: University of Illinois

To combat the threat of invasive Asian carp in the Great Lakes, the University of Illinois, in collaboration with the U.S. Geological Survey, has developed a tributary assessment tool to help predict which Great Lakes tributaries might be vulnerable to Asian carp spawning and could support egg transport and development. The tool, Fluvial Drift Simulator (FluEgg), is a three-dimensional numerical model developed to evaluate how rivers carry and spread Asian carp eggs.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service New Leader in eDNA Science for the Early Detection of Asian Carp

eDNA testing. Photo Credit: USFWS
eDNA testing
Photo Credit: USFWS

The Midwest Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced this week that it has assumed environmental DNA (eDNA) sample processing responsibilities for the Chicago Area Waterway System (CAWS) for the early detection of Asian carp. The responsibility was moved from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering and Research Development Center, Center for eDNA Application and Research, to the Service’s new Whitney Genetics Lab in Onalaska, Wisconsin.

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Corps of Engineers releases updated report on prevention controls at Eagle Marsh for aquatic nuisance species transfer

Eagle Marsh Pathway. Photo Credit: USACE
Eagle Marsh Pathway
Photo Credit: USACE

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released the updated Eagle Marsh Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) Controls Report, which identifies options and technologies to prevent the transfer via water of Asian carp and other ANS between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins at Eagle Marsh wetlands preserve, located in Fort Wayne, Ind.

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New York Announces Changes to Bighead Carp Regulations to Protect Great Lakes

 Bighead Carp. Photo Credit: NYSDEC
Bighead Carp
Photo Credit: NYSDEC

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced that changes pertaining to the regulations governing the import, transport, possession and sale of bighead carp are now in effect.  The amended regulations ban the importation, possession and sale of live bighead carp in all of New York State.

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Corps awards contract for work on new electric barrier

Electric barrier work
Photo Credit: USACE
Electric barrier work
Photo Credit: USACE

CHICAGO - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Chicago District awarded a contract in the amount of $2.8 million July 31, 2013, to E.P. Doyle & Son LLC for construction of water structures as part of a new electric barrier in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal (CSSC) in Romeoville, Ill. E.P. Doyle & Son LLC is certified as a small business concern.

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Obama Administration Releases 2013 Asian Carp Control Strategy Framework

GLMRIS Logo
2013 Framework
Photo Credit: ACRCC

WASHINGTON – The Obama Administration today announced a series of new measures to protect the Great Lakes from Asian carp, building on the comprehensive plan the Administration created in 2010 to prevent this invasive species from developing self-sustaining populations in the Great Lakes. 

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New GLMRIS Newsletter Available

GLMRIS Logo
GLMRIS Logo
Photo Credit: USACE
Volume 3, Issue 2 of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study Newsletter is now available. In this issue: the GLMRIS Report and Agency Technical Reviews, updated pathway reports on areas outside of the Chicago Area Waterway System (Focus Area 2) posted, the 2013 Asian carp monitoring plan and distribution maps and more!

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Investigation of Great Lakes Tributaries for Asian Carp Spawning and Egg-Transport Suitability

Collecting data on Milwaukee River
Collecting data on Milwaukee River
Photo Credit: USGS
Two Lake Michigan tributaries (the Milwaukee and St. Joseph Rivers) and two Lake Erie tributaries (the Maumee and Sandusky Rivers) were investigated to determine if they possess the hydraulic (water velocity and turbulence) and water-quality characteristics to allow successful spawning of Asian carps.

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Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee Announces 2013 Asian Carp Monitoring and Response Plan for Illinois Waters

2013 Monitoring and Response Plan
2013 Monitoring and Response Plan
Photo Credit: ACRCC
CHICAGO - The Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee (ACRCC) today released its 2013 Asian Carp Monitoring and Response Plan (MRP). Outlining a revised and aggressive set of actions to track and remove Asian carp in the Upper Illinois River and the Chicago Area Waterway System (CAWS), the 2013 MRP is again designed to prevent Asian carp from establishing populations in the CAWS and Lake Michigan.

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Members of Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee release Asian carp in North America distribution maps

Distribution Map
Distribution Map
Photo Credit: ACRCC
CHICAGO - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) today, April 26, released "Asian Carp Distribution in North America," which displays current data on the presence of bighead carp and silver carp at all life stages, as well as black carp and grass carp occurrences, in the Mississippi River, Ohio River and Great Lakes. The maps will be found at http://www.asiancarp.us/problem.htm.

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Coast Guard, EPA investigate potential for Asian carp to enter Great Lakes in barges

Study shows minimal risk of introduction of invasive fish species

CLEVELAND — A study conducted by the Coast Guard Research and Development Center in coordination with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released Thursday concluded that barge ballast tanks present a minimal risk for incidental transport and introduction of Asian carp into the waters of the Great Lakes. 

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USFWS Opens New Whitney Genetics Lab

Ribbon Cutting
Opening of the Whitney Genetics Laboratory
Photo Credit: USFWS
ONALASKA, WI– The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's La Crosse Resources Center held a dedication ceremony event in Onalaska, WI on Friday, April 5, 2013, to celebrate the newly constructed Whitney Genetics Laboratory and renovated Fisheries Resources Center.

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USACE release GLMRIS newsletter

GLMRIS Logo
GLMRIS Logo
Photo Credit: USACE
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers releases its Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin (GLMRIS) Study Newsletter to help keep the public up-to-date on the progress of GLMRIS activities.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service releases video on the science of eDNA in the fight against Asian carp

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service fisheries biologist collects water samples for eDNA analysis. USFWS photo.
Collecting water for eDNA analysis
Photo Credit: USFWS

In the fight against Asian carp and other aquatic nuisance species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other project partners have turned to environmental DNA as a new fisheries tool. Environmental DNA, also known as eDNA, is a technique that analyzes water samples for traces of genetic material left behind in the water. 

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Quad City Engineering and Science Council Recognizes Kelly Baerwaldt

Fish Sampling. Photo Credit: ACRCC
Junior Scientist of the Year
Photo Credit: QCESC

At its 51st Annual National Engineers Week Banquet held on February 20th, the Quad City Engineering and Science Council (QCESC) recognized Kelly Baerwaldt with its 2013 Junior Scientist of the Year Award.  The QCESC numbers 36 local engineering and technical societies with a total membership of 5,000 engineers and scientists.  The QCESC also promotes engineering and science to area youth through scholarship and engineering competition programs.

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GLMRIS team releases for public comment Ohio and New York ANS reports

Fish Sampling. Photo Credit: ACRCC
Pathways
Photo Credit: USACE

The U.S Army Corps of Engineers is accepting comments for Ohio and New York Aquatic Nuisance Species Pathway Reports.

CHICAGO -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) today, Feb. 22, released for public comment four draft Ohio and one draft New York aquatic pathway assessment reports that estimate the likelihood of an aquatic pathway forming at each location and the probability of aquatic nuisance species (ANS) using them to reach the adjacent basin, as part of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study (GLMRIS).

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Federal agencies release Asian carp environmental DNA study findings


Silver Carp on Barge
Photo Credit: USACE

CHICAGO - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) today, Feb. 20, released an interim report for the Asian Carp Environmental DNA Calibration Study (ECALS), which is a three-year study funded through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, as scoped by the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee (ACRCC) Asian Carp Control Strategy Framework.

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2012

Shedd Adds Three Asian Carp Found in Chicago's Humboldt Park Lagoon to Invasive Species Exhibit


Invasive Species exhibit
Photo Credit: Shedd Aquarium

CHICAGO – Shedd Aquarium, a global leader in animal care and conservation, announced the addition of three large Asian carp – specifically bighead carp (Hypophthalmichthys nobilis) – to its Invasive Species exhibit, after they were discovered on Oct. 9 during strategic surveillance by Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) fisheries biologists at an inland lagoon at Chicago’s Humboldt Park.

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U.S Army Corps of Engineers accepting comments for Wisconsin Aquatic Nuisance Species Pathway Reports

Fish Sampling. Photo Credit: ACRCC
Pathways
Photo Credit: USACE

CHICAGO -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) today, Nov. 27, released for public comment eight draft Aquatic Pathway Assessment Reports for the State of Wisconsin. The purpose of each report is to evaluate key evidence to estimate the likelihood of an aquatic pathway forming and the possibility of aquatic nuisance species (ANS) using it to reach the adjacent basin, as part of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study (GLMRIS).

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USACE Releases Eagle Marsh Report

Fish Sampling. Photo Credit: ACRCC
Eagle Marsh Pathway
Photo Credit: USACE

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has released the Eagle Marsh Aquatic Nuisance Species Controls Report for public review and comment.  Eagle Marsh, which is located in Fort Wayne, Ind., has been identified as a potential pathway where ANS may spread between the Mississippi River and Great Lakes basins.  This potential pathway was identified in the report titled Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study Other Pathways Preliminary Risk Characterization released in 2010.

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USACE accepting comments for Indiana Aquatic Nuisance Species Pathway Reports

Fish Sampling. Photo Credit: ACRCC
Eagle Marsh Pathway
Photo Credit: USACE

CHICAGO -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) today, Nov. 9, released for public comment three draft Aquatic Pathway Assessment Reports for the State of Indiana: Eagle Marsh, Loomis Lake and Parker-Cobb Ditch. The purpose of each report is to evaluate key evidence to estimate the likelihood of an aquatic pathway forming and the possibility of aquatic nuisance species (ANS) using it to reach the adjacent basin, as part of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study (GLMRIS).

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Next Rapid Response in Lake Calumet Announced

Fish Sampling. Photo Credit: ACRCC
Rapid Response
Photo Credit: IL DNR

The Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee (ACRCC) will conduct a Level 1 response in Lake Calumet on October 30-31, 2012. The ACRCC Monitoring and Rapid Response Plan (MRRP) calls for a response action after three consecutive eDNA sample sets return positive hits from one location for either silver or bighead carp. A Level 1 response uses ACRCC fisheries biologists, commercial fishermen and electro-fishing and netting operations to look for Asian carp in areas where positive eDNA results have surfaced. The ACRCC is following a set of protocols in the 2012 MRRP which outline specific circumstances that would trigger one of three different response levels.

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ACRCC to Intensify Monitoring on the Chicago Area Waterway System in Response to eDNA Results

Fish Sampling. Photo Credit: ACRCC
Fish Sampling
Photo Credit: ACRCC

CHICAGO- The Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee (ACRCC) today announced intensive monitoring action will begin in the North Shore Channel of the Chicago River on Tuesday, October 16th, after three consecutive rounds of Environmental DNA (eDNA) sampling yielded positive results for Asian carp DNA in the North Shore Channel. The ACCRC’s 2012 Monitoring and Rapid Response Plan calls for a Level 1 response to three consecutive rounds of positive eDNA results in one area. As an extra precaution, the ACRCC also will conduct intensive monitoring in a six-mile stretch of the Chicago River beginning near the Chicago lock, after one set of samples tested positive for eDNA in that area. While the North Shore Channel is regularly monitored for the presence of Asian carp, the level 1 response intensifies efforts with additional commercial fishing crews, agency electrofishing boats, and additional deep water sampling gear during an intensive four-day fishing period.

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Corps of Engineers releases interim aquatic nuisance species report to Congress

Display. Photo Credit: USACE
Displays
Photo Credit: USACE

CHICAGO - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) today released the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study (GLMRIS) 90-Day Interim Report, transmitted by the Secretary of the Army, Civil Works, to Congress, Oct. 4.

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers accepting comments for Minnesota Aquatic Nuisance Species Pathway Reports

Other Pathways. Photo Credit: USACE
Other Pathways
Photo Credit: USACE

CHICAGO - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) today released for public comment two draft Aquatic Pathway Assessment Reports for Swan River and Libby Branch of Swan River in Minnesota that evaluate key evidence to estimate the likelihood of an aquatic pathway forming and the possibility of aquatic nuisance species (ANS) using it to reach the adjacent basin.

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Water samples detect Asian carp eDNA in Lake Erie’s Maumee Bay

eDNA Sampling. Photo Credit: ACRCC
eDNA Sampling
Photo Credit: FWS

Asian carp environmental DNA (eDNA) has been detected in three of 350 water samples collected from western Lake Erie’s Maumee Bay and Maumee River between July 31 and August 4.

The three samples, all positive for silver carp eDNA, were found in Maumee Bay – two in Michigan waters and one in Ohio waters.

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Army Corps releases Focus Area 2 Aquatic Pathways Summary Report, solicits public comment

eDNA Sampling. Photo Credit: ACRCC
GLMRIS Logo
Photo Credit: GLMRIS

CHICAGO - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) today released for public comment the Focus Area 2 Aquatic Pathways Assessment Summary Report. This report presents the methodology and key evidence used to assess the potential for transfer of aquatic nuisance species (ANS) between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins through several aquatic pathways. A total of 18 potential aquatic pathway reports, and one report for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, will be released in phases, by state, as part of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study (GLMRIS), Focus Area 2.

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Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee Announces Availability of New Asian Carp Video Footage

eDNA Sampling. Photo Credit: ACRCC
ACRCC Logo
Photo Credit: ACRCC

ANN ARBOR, MI—The Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee (ACRCC) today released new Asian carp footage to the broadcast media and to the public.  The footage, which is freely available online in both high-definition and streaming formats, for the first time provides extensive, professionally filmed video of Asian carp, an invasive species threatening to enter the Great Lakes. Journalists and the public may access the video footage by visiting http://www.glfcvideos.org 

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No Asian Carp eDNA Found in Wisconsin’s Lake Michigan Waters

eDNA Sampling. Photo Credit: ACRCC
WI DNR Logo
Photo Credit: WI DNR

MILWAUKEE - No environmental DNA evidence of Asian carp has been found in Wisconsin’s Lake Michigan tributaries or harbors, according to results received this week by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Analysis of 275 water samples taken from Sheboygan River, Milwaukee River and Harbor, Menomonee River, Kinnickinnic River, Root River, Racine Harbor and Kenosha Harbor found no traces of silver carp or bighead carp eDNA. DNR provided boats and boat operators to help collect the water samples for analysis by the University of Notre Dame under a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and funded through the federal Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

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Sample Results Found Asian Carp eDNA in Sandusky Bay 

GLMRIS Logo
eDNA Water Filtering
Photo Credit: USFWS
On July 30-31, Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers collected 150 water samples from the Sandusky Bay and Sandusky River. Analysis of these water samples indicated 20 samples out of 150 taken from throughout Sandusky Bay and Sandusky River have tested positive for the presence of silver carp environmental DNA (eDNA).

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USACE release GLMRIS newsletter

GLMRIS Logo
GLMRIS Logo
Photo Credit: USACE
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers releases its Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin (GLMRIS) Study Newsletter to help keep the public up-to-date on the progress of GLMRIS activities.

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No Asian Carp Found in Western Lake Erie

Western Lake Erie
Western Lake Erie
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After a week of intensive electrofishing and gill netting activities in Sandusky Bay, Maumee Bay and their main tributaries, officials have found no bighead or silver Asian carps in western Lake Erie. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) continue to work together to assess the current status of bighead and silver carp within western Lake Erie bays and select tributaries.

 

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Canada Joins Obama Administration’s Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee

eDNA Sampling. Photo Credit: ACRCC
ACRCC
Photo Credit: ACRCC
WASHINGTON – The Obama Administration announced today that Canada has joined the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee (ACRCC), the latest step in the Administration’s effort to ensure comprehensive action to protect the Great Lakes from invasive Asian carp.

 

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Agencies Plan for Further Assessment of Two Asian Carp Species in Lake Erie 

eDNA Sampling. Photo Credit: ACRCC
eDNA Sampling
Photo Credit: ACRCC

Laboratory results received earlier this month indicated the presence of Asian carp environmental DNA (eDNA) in 6 of the 417 water samples collected in August 2011. Four samples from Sandusky Bay, in Ohio waters, tested positive for bighead carp eDNA, while two samples from north Maumee Bay, in Michigan waters, were positive for silver carp eDNA. The findings indicate the presence of genetic material left behind by the species, such as scales, excrement or mucous, but not the establishment of Asian carp in Lake Erie.

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No Asian Carp found in Lake Calumet after 3-day intensive search

Lake Calumet Photo credit: IL DNR
Lake Calumet
Photo Credit: IL DNR

The Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee (ACRCC) announced today that no Asian carp were found during a three-day intensive search for the invasive species in Lake Calumet within the Chicago Area Waterway System (CAWS). The Level 1 response was triggered after three consecutive rounds of Environmental DNA (eDNA) sampling yielded positive results for silver carp DNA.

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Illinois Department of Natural Resources Brings Asian Carp to the Taste of Chicago

Sampling Net Deployment  Photo Credit: USCG
Cooking carp
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CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) teamed up with the John G. Shedd Aquarium, Feeding Illinois and Illinois American Water to build understanding of how a vibrant local market for Asian carp contributes to managing the population of this invasive species on the opening day of the Taste of Chicago.

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ACRCC to Begin Intensive Monitoring in Lake Calumet in Response to Environmental DNA Results

Sampling Net Deployment  Photo Credit: USCG
Sampling Net Deployment
Photo Credit: USCG

CHICAGO- The Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee’s (ACRCC) Monitoring and Rapid Response Work Group (MRRWG) today announced intensive monitoring action will begin in Lake Calumet and surrounding areas on Tuesday, July 10th, after three consecutive rounds of Environmental DNA (eDNA) sampling yielded positive results for Asian carp DNA. The ACCRC’s 2012 Monitoring and Rapid Response Plan calls for a Level 1 response to three consecutive rounds of positive eDNA results in one area.

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Army Corps releases GLMRIS report on fishing

Commercial Fisheries Boat Photo Credit: USACE
Commercial Fisheries Boat
Photo Credit: USACE

CHICAGO - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released two reports today July 5, the “Treaty Rights and Subsistence Fishing in the U.S. Waters of the Great Lakes, Upper Mississippi River and Ohio River Basins” (Subsistence Fishing Report) and “Pro-Fishing Tournaments in the Great Lakes, Upper Mississippi River and Ohio River Basins” (Pro-fishing Report). These reports are Interim Products of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study (GLMRIS) and are available on the GLMRIS website http://glmris.anl.gov/.

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Obama Administration Announces next Asian Carp Public Forum

Silver and Bighead Carp Photo Credit: ACRCC
Silver and Bighead Carp
Photo Credit: ACRCC

The public is invited to the next Asian Carp Regional Coordination Committee public meeting on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at 2:00 PM (CDT) at Ralph Metcalfe Federal Building Room # 325, 77 W. Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL. The White House Council on Environmental Quality Asian Carp Director John Goss will lead a public meeting of the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee (ACRCC) to discuss the proactive efforts of the Obama Administration and the Great Lakes states to prevent Asian carp from establishing a self-sustaining population in the Great Lakes.

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ACRCC Monitoring and Rapid Response Update

Electric barrier maintenance Photo Credit: Illinois DNR
Electric barrier maintenance
Photo Credit: Illinois DNR

This is the second set of 2012 eDNA samples that have been taken from Lake Calumet, part of the Chicago Area Waterway System (CAWS). Both sample sets have returned positive hits for silver carp DNA. A third set of samples was also collected from Lake Calumet on June 25, 2012. According to the ACRCC Monitoring and Rapid Response Workgroup (MRRWG) plan, if the third set of samples includes positive hits for either silver or bighead carp, the MRRWG will conduct Level 1 response including commercial fishing nets and electrofishing gear in this area.

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ACRCC Monitoring and Rapid Response Update

Lake Calumet Photo Credit: IL DNR
Lake Calumet
Photo Credit: IL DNR

As the 2012 field season kicks into high gear, the ACRCC Monitoring and Rapid Response Work Group wanted to update the public on the results of the first eDNA samples taken this season and our response to them.

The first round of eDNA sampling in 2012 was collected on May 22nd. Samples were collected from Lake Calumet and Little Calumet River. The monitoring results included 17 positives for silver carp (14 from Lake Calumet, 3 from Little Calumet River). Zero positives for bighead carp were found.

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USACE release GLMRIS newsletter

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GLMRIS Logo
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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers releases its Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin (GLMRIS) Study Newsletter to help keep the public up-to-date on the progress of GLMRIS activities.

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Obama Administration to Present Asian Carp Control Options by 2013


Bighead and Silver carp
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As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to protecting the Great Lakes from Asian carp and other invasive species, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced today that it will provide Congress and the public the opportunity to identify a potential permanent Asian carp solution in 2013, much earlier than expected.

 

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U.S. Army Corps releases report on valuation of commercial fisheries in the U.S. waters of the Great Lakes

Commercial Fisheries Boat Photo Credit: USACE
Commercial Fisheries Boat
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CHICAGO - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) released May 1 the “Commercial Fisheries Baseline Economic Assessment - U.S. Waters of the Great Lakes, Upper Mississippi River, and Ohio River Basins” (Commercial Fisheries Report), an Interim Product of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study (GLMRIS). The report is available on the GLMRIS website at http://glmris.anl.gov/.

 

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Army Corps releases final Aquatic Nuisance Species Control Paper based on public input

Army Corps accepting comments for Aquatic Nuisance Species Controls Paper, released today
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CHICAGO - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) released today April 18 the final Inventory of Available Controls for Aquatic Nuisance Species of Concern – Chicago Area Waterway System (ANS Control Paper), an Interim Product of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study (GLMRIS).

 

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Southern Illinois University - Carbondale releases report on the use of fishing to control Asian carp populations


Lake Calumet
Photo Credit: IL DNR

Bighead carp and silver carp (hereafter, Asian carp) invaded the Illinois River waterway over a decade ago. Populations of these fishes have grown dense in the lower and middle Illinois River and both species are approaching the Chicago Area Waterway System (CAWS) and the defensive electrical barrier. The source populations will continue to send individuals upstream to challenge the CAWS and ultimately the Great Lakes until they are reduced. This follows the "cockroach analogy" in that control of an insect infestation in a home will be ineffective if only the few appearing out in the open are eliminated.

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Obama Administration to Host Public Meeting on Asian Carp in Bloomington, MN

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Bloomington, MN
Public Meeting
Photo Credit: USFWS
WASHINGTON, D.C. – White House Council on Environmental Quality Asian Carp Director John Goss led a public meeting of the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee (ACRCC) on Thursday, April 5, 2012, at the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Bloomington, MN, to discuss the proactive efforts of the Obama Administration and the Great Lakes states to prevent Asian carp from establishing a self-sustaining population in the Great Lakes.

 

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U.S. Coast Guard amends regulations on ballast water management

Coast Guard Boats
Coast Guard Boats
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CLEVELAND — The U.S. Coast Guard announced Friday publication in the Federal Register of a final rule for standards for living organisms in ships' ballast water discharged into waters of the United States.

The Coast Guard is amending its regulations on ballast water management by establishing a standard for the allowable concentration of living organisms in ballast water discharged from ships in waters of the United States.

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Federal agencies release first interim report on Asian carp environmental DNA results

Filtering Samples
Filtering Samples
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CHICAGO - Members of the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee (ACRCC) released March 15 the first interim report of the Asian Carp Environmental DNA Calibration Study (ECALS). The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is leading this two-year study in conjunction with the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reduce the uncertainty surrounding Asian carp environmental DNA (eDNA) results. eDNA is a process in which genetic material (cells containing DNA from mucus, feces and/or urine) is extracted from water samples to detect the possible presence of Asian carp.

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Indiana Department of Natural Resources releases report on Asian carp movements in Wabash River Watershed

Asian Carp Tracking
Asian Carp Tracking
Photo Credit: Purdue University

Over 180 aquatic non-indigenous species (NIS) have been introduced into Great Lakes Basin waters to date, and new introductions are expected in the future. The so-called "Asian carps" (e.g., silver Hypophthalmichthys molitrix and bighead H. nobilis) are large threats to the Great Lakes given expected trajectories of nutrient flow disruption and food web alterations that will likely accompany their introduction to the Basin.

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USACE releases GLMRIS newsletter

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GLMRIS Logo
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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers releases its Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin (GLMRIS) Study Newsletter to help keep the public up-to-date on the progress of GLMRIS activities.

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Obama Administration Releases 2012 Asian Carp Control Strategy Framework

2012 Control Strategy Framework
2012 Control Strategy Framework
Photo Credit: ACRCC

WASHINGTON – The Obama Administration today announced a series of new measures to protect the Great Lakes from Asian carp, building on the unprecedented proactive plan the Administration established in February 2010 to prevent this invasive species from developing self-sustaining populations in the Great Lakes.

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ACRCC participates in Asian Carp public forum, hosted by Congresswoman Kaptur

Photos from public forum
Photos from public forum
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Alake Erie Asian Carp public forum, hosted by Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH) was held on Feb. 6, 2012, at the Bowling Green State University Firelands Campus in Huron, Ohio. Over 100 stakeholders, media representatives and members of non-governmental organizations, including the Izaak Walton League and Ohio Environmental Council, attended.

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ACRCC Monitoring Workgroup Releases eDNA Snapshot

Electric barrier maintenance
Electric barrier maintenance
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The Monitoring and Rapid Response Workgroup (MRRWG) conducted an environmental DNA or "eDNA" sampling event at the end of October 2011, called the "eDNA snapshot", to obtain a comprehensive system-wide view of Asian carp DNA distribution in the CAWS. This event also served to investigate whether the positive eDNA results detected during the course of rotational weekly sampling were the result of a few fish (or sources) causing positive eDNA results that were reported during the 2011 monitoring season. During the eDNA Snapshot the monitoring agencies (USFWS and USACE) sampled the weekly monitoring stations (North Shore Channel, Chicago Lock, Little Calumet River, Lake Calumet) as well as three additional sites (Lockport Pool above barrier, Cal-Sag Channel, and CSSC above the confluence), collecting 720 samples from 7 sites over 3 days. Due to the magnitude of this sampling event (more than 4 times the number of samples collected weekly), the processing of the samples were recently completed and reported to the workgroup.

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Invasive Carps Could Find a Home in Lake Erie

Scientists assess a fishery on Lake Erie
Scientists assess a fishery on Lake Erie
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Lake Erie and its largest tributaries are suitable habitats for invasive Asian carps to reproduce and mature, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study. The USGS study found that the Maumee, Sandusky, and Grand rivers are hospitable environments for Asian carps, potentially allowing the invasive fish to establish a self-sustaining population in western Lake Erie. Currently, federal agencies are working in partnership with Great Lakes States to implement a series of measures to prevent Asian carps from entering the Great Lakes Basin and possibly damaging native fish populations and the Great Lakes economy.  

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Obama Administration to Host Public Meeting on Asian Carp in Portage, IN

Obama Administration to Host Public Meeting on Asian Carp in Portage, IN
Public meeting
Photo Credit: USFWS

WASHINGTON, D.C. – White House Council on Environmental Quality Asian Carp Director John Goss will lead a public meeting of the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee (ACRCC) on Thursday, January 12, 2012, in Portage, IN, to discuss the proactive efforts of the Obama Administration and the Great Lakes states to prevent Asian carp from establishing a self-sustaining population in the Great Lakes.

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Illinois DNR releases report on bighead carp in urban fishing ponds

Illinois DNR releases report on bighead carp in urban fishing ponds
Bighead carp
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Adult bighead carp have periodically been reported, captured, and removed from urban fishing ponds throughout Illinois since the late 1990s and have been noted as of late in fee fishing ponds (ponds where catchable size fish are stocked and usage fees are charged) in other Midwestern states.

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Army Corps accepting comments for Aquatic Nuisance Species Controls Paper, released today

Army Corps accepting comments for Aquatic Nuisance Species Controls Paper, released today
Light attenuating dyes
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CHICAGO - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) today released for public comment the "Inventory of Available Controls for Aquatic Nuisance Species of Concern – Chicago Area Waterway System," an Interim Product of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study (GLMRIS).

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Corps releases assessment of cargo traffic on Chicago Area Waterway System

Barrier maintenance and fish suppression in the Chicago Area Waterway Systems
Barrier maintenance and fish suppression
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CHICAGO - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released Dec. 7 the Baseline Assessment of Cargo Traffic on the Chicago Area Waterways System (CAWS), an interim product of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study (GLMRIS). The report is available on the GLMRIS website at www.glmris.anl.gov.

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineer resets operating parameters of electric barriers in the Chicago Area Waterway System

Barrier Control Buildings
Barrier Control Buildings
Photo Credit: USACE

CHICAGO – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced today they will return the operating parameters of the electric barrier to the higher operating parameters established in October 2011.

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Target Hunger Now! marks largest humanitarian efforts undertaken by State of Illinois

Target Hunger Now!-Illinois DNR Director Marc Miller
THN-IDNR Director Marc Miller
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TARGET HUNGER NOW!  is one of the largest humanitarian efforts undertaken by the State of Illinois. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), Feeding Illinois and our corporate partners are coordinating this innovative program to encourage hunters and anglers to donate deer and Asian carp for processing into healthy, ready-to-serve meals.  This effort feeds communities, lessens the Asian carp threat to our waterways, protects the Great Lakes, Illinois sport fishing industry and protects and creates jobs.

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U.S Geological Survey - New Carp Publication

Early Life Stages
Early Life Stages
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Developmental Rate and Behavior of Early Life Stages of Bighead Carp and Silver Carp: This report provides new findings on how long it takes for bighead and silver carp eggs to develop after spawning and for the larval fish to get to the stage at which they can swim on their own. Scientists documented strong vertical swimming of fish larvae immediately after hatching, a behavior not previously observed.

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ACRCC to Begin Intensive Monitoring in Lake Calument

ACRCC logo
ACRCC logo
Photo Credit: ACRCC

CHICAGO- The Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee (ACRCC) today announced intensive monitoring action will begin in Lake Calumet and surrounding areas on Monday, August 1st, after three consecutive rounds of Environmental DNA (eDNA) sampling yielded positive results for Asian carp DNA.

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2011 Asian Carp Monitoring and Rapid Response Plan Released

Asian Carp Monitoring and Rapid Response Plan Released
Plan Release
Photo Credit: ACRCC

CHICAGO- On May 23 the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee (ACRCC) released its 2011 Asian Carp Monitoring and Rapid Response Plan (MRRP), outlining an aggressive set of actions to track and remove Asian carp in the Upper Illinois River and the Chicago Area Waterway System (CAWS) to prevent this invasive species from establishing in the Great Lakes. 

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ACRCC uses new DIDSON technology to detect Asian carp

Dual frequency identification SONAR
Dual frequency Identification SONAR
Photo Credit: USFWS

The DIDSON (Dual frequency Identification SONAR) is an acoustic camera that can be used in turbid water to observe fish behavior and location in real time with minimal disturbance. Observations of fish behavior at the barrier will provide valuable information about the efficacy of the barrier for most fish sizes. Over the long term, this will be important for ongoing monitoring and risk reduction efforts at the barrier.

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Obama Administration hosts Asian carp public meeting in Chicago

Chicago Carp Meeting May 23, 2011
Chicago Carp Meeting May 23, 2011
Photo Credit: USFWS

The White House Council on Environmental Quality Asian Carp Director John Goss led a public meeting of the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee (ACRCC) on Thursday, April 28, 2011, to discuss the proactive efforts of the Obama Administration and the Great Lakes states to prevent Asian carp from establishing a self-sustaining population in the Great Lakes.

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