A group of University of Minnesota researchers are trying to prevent the spread of Asian Carp in the Mississippi River. They just installed a new sonic deterrent system at Lock and Dam 8 near Genoa, Wis. Five speakers were mounted that produce a very specific type of sound.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says invasive carp have been found in the Mississippi River near Cottage Grove. The agency says commercial fishermen under contract with the DNR netted two adult invasive carp in Pool 2 Thursday.
The Department of Natural Resources says a huge step forward was taken recently in the fight against Asian carp after President Barack Obama signed legislation to close the Upper St. Anthony Falls lock to boat traffic.
Local political leaders have decided to close the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock to try to stop the spread of invasive carp. Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Congressman Keith Ellison were at that Mississippi River lock in Minneapolis Tuesday morning talking about the initiative.
The Upper St. Anthony Falls lock on the Mississippi River in Minneapolis would be closed to prevent invasive carp from spreading upstream under a measure headed for final congressional approval. Sen. Amy Klobuchar and other members of the state’s congressional delegation announced Tuesday that the provision has been included in a conference committee’s version of a water infrastructure bill.
The term “Asian carp” has become endangered in Minnesota. The state Senate on Monday approved a measure that would rename the fish “invasive carp.” It’s a response to concern by some people that the current term casts people from Asian cultures in a negative light.