TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Government agencies plan to spend nearly $60 million over the next two years in the battle to prevent invasive Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes, where scientists say they could unravel food chains and harm native fish.
The Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee released its 2015 strategy Tuesday. Co-Chairman Cameron Davis says it will strengthen defenses near the lakes while stepping up efforts to block the carps’ path farther downstream toward the Mississippi River.READ MORE: Mark Bell Charged With Fatally Shooting Girlfriend In St. Paul
The strategy includes a study of controls at a lock and dam in Joliet, Illinois, that forms a choke point between the Mississippi and Great Lakes watersheds.READ MORE: Minnesota Groups Unite To Oppose Recreational Marijuana Legalization
It also calls for continued development of technologies to detect and control Asian carp, such as particles that would be toxic to them but not to other fish.MORE NEWS: St. Paul Police Searching For Shoplifter Who Shot Liquor Store Worker Over 6-Pack
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