STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER Update: No carp found, but experts want fight to continue
By Don Davis
New tests showing Asian carp likely are not colonizing Minnesota waters should not slow efforts to stop the invasive fish, experts say.
The results certainly dont say we should be doing a... Posted on 4/4/13 at 4:37 PM
STAFF BLOG COMPASS POINTS WITH BRAD DOKKEN New test results show no DNA evidence of Asian carp
There was a glimmer of good news in the battle against Asian carp this morning when the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced results from new DNA analyses of water samples from the Miss... Posted on 4/4/13 at 10:59 AM
New tests showing Asian carp likely are not colonizing Minnesota waters should not slow efforts to stop the invasive fish, experts say. Steve Hirsch of the Department of Natural Resources and other Asian carp experts reacted to Thursday’s release of a study that found no indication that many of the carp are in Minnesota’s Mississippi and St. Croix rivers.
Word has spread across the state in the last couple of years about the invading Asian carp seen in those videos and the damage they could cause native fish. But few Minnesotans know the extent of the invasion from outside plants and animals.
Obama administration officials say a new timetable developed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers should speed up the search for a permanent method of protecting the Great Lakes from Asian carp and other invasive species.
Federal and state officials have 120 days to act against destructive Asian carp that could infest most Minnesota waters, a coalition of outdoors and environmental groups says. "I don’t think it is anything we should tolerate,” Jeff Forester of the Minnesota Seasonal Recreation Property Association told reporters in a Wednesday conference call. “Asian carp are not compatible with the Minnesota way of life.”
Minnesota is kicking up its Asian carp fight after test results show the invasive fish that can out-eat native species could be upstream from the Twin Cities. The discovery opens the possibility that the fish could be headed to central and northern Minnesota’s lake country.
Winter is setting in, giving soldiers on the front line of the Asian carp war a few months to form and implement a battle plan.
“We have a brief window of time,” Gov. Mark Dayton said Friday. By the time the problem is thoroughly studied and a battle plan written, “the carp are in Canada,” he added as he wrapped up a second summit dealing with invasive species.
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