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Scientists seeking new carp control

February 25, 2010 at 02:30 PM

AP Environmental Writer

Scientists are stepping up their search for methods to prevent Asian carp from becoming established in the Great Lakes, where they could threaten the fishing and boating industries.

Leon Carl of the U.S. Geological Survey told a U.S. Senate panel Thursday that researchers are looking at short- and long-term strategies.

They include stopping carp from spawning in rivers that flow into the lakes and developing poisons that would kill Asian carp but not other fish.

Carl said his staff scientists realize they need answers soon.

He testified in Washington before the Senate’s Water and Power Subcommittee.

The panel’s chairwoman, Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, said the government needs a quicker schedule for deciding how to separate the lakes from the Mississippi River basin.

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lol…more BS. Sorry folks….the carp WILL be in all the great lakes sooner or later…..and it’s gonna cost us taxpayers the entire time…..

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 02/25 at 05:13 PM

Here’s a strategy:  Wear Chicago Bears football helmets while boating…and take along lots of rags/towels to wipe off all the scuzz when they slime ya…

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 02/25 at 05:57 PM

I think that the only logical avenue to explore for controling these fish is in the vein of biological “warfare” against them.
Forget the physical or mechanical barriers -they are suspect, and the fish are too widespread to believe that any kind of barrier can have a meaningful effect on the further spread of these invaders.
At this point, any effort to stop them is another too-little-too-late scenario.
Biologists need to focus on identifying and exploiting some physiological vulnerability that is not shared by our native fishes and launch an extirmination minded initiative.
The opportunity for control has long passed.
An “all or none” attitude must prevail, half-measures will not do.
All of them must be erradicated, or none of our waterways will be free of Asian Carp.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 02/25 at 06:28 PM

we made our bed now we must lie in it.. i say dont spend a dime on the suckers and once they overpopulate the lakes we wont have no choice but to eat them

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 02/25 at 07:39 PM

Well, if “they” are already doing those things, what exactly is the point you’re making?

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