Two different invasive species are in it
It's part of the fight to keep the fish out of the state
A risk analysis by U.S. and Canadian researchers finds the food supply and breeding areas in the Great Lakes would allow Asian carp to spread rapidly. The report says just ten breeding females and a few males would be enough of a foothold for the invasive fish to populate all five of the Great Lakes.
Last month Congress made changes to shorten the timeframe for developing a federal plan to prevent the invasive fish from spreading to the Great Lakes. But Minnesota and four other states that are suing the federal government over the issue say they won't withdraw the lawsuit.
A biologist from the United States Geological Survey says the Mississippi and Illinois rivers have more Asian carp than anywhere else on the planet -- including more than China, where the species came from.
A new report, commissioned by The Nature Conservancy, says Minnesota spends nearly $8 million a year fighting aquatic invasive species. Minnesota Public Radio notes the fight is complicated because there is no single method to control all the different types of invasive species.
As Asian carp, zebra mussels and other invasive species invade our waters, the reality of Minnesota's long tradition of carefree boating is coming to an end. The state is ramping up its defenses by stopping drivers at mandatory roadside checks, doubling fines and increasing a fleet of boat decontamination units.
State officials on the lookout for Asian carp have been monitoring the Mississippi River. But there are new fears that the invasive species may use another gateway to Minnesota. Anglers in northwestern Iowa have caught dozens of the carp in waters that connect through streams and lakes to southern Minnesota.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it will come up with a short list of options for blocking the spread of the invasive fish by the end of next year. The Corps had earlier said the process would take until 2015. Asian carp have already invaded the Mississippi River watershed. Officials hope to keep them from migrating into the Great Lakes.
According to the DNR, the fish was caught Thursday near Prescott, Wisconsin. The Pioneer Press reports it's among a dozen invasive Asian carp caught along the Minnesota/Wisconsin border since 1996.