PAUL -- Fast-growing and destructive Asian carp could take over most Minnesota streams and lakes if the federal government does not act soon, a U. Only the small part of Minnesota drained by the north-flowing Red River would not face a direct carp attack, said Luke Skinner, who supervises the state Department of Natural Resource's invasive species program. Amy Klobuchar, both Democrats, could offer no specific hope that federal help is on the way. Swanson said "everybody knows" about the problem, but federal authorities are doing little to fight the carp. While Zentner said he supports lawsuits and legislation to fight the carp, he said state and federal authorities need to take a stronger approach in dealing with such threats. He recalled that on a trip to Iceland, authorities required proof that waders and other clothing and equipment he would wear while fishing were not contaminated.
Asian carp threatens most of Minnesota
Minnesota AG: Keep Asian Carp Out of Great Lakes – NBC Chicago
Silver, bighead, and grass carps are all invasive fishes referred to as "Asian carp. Asian carp pose threats to aquatic vegetation, food webs, commercial and recreational fishing, and silver carp pose additional threats to human health due to their propensity to leap out of the water when disturbed. Grass carp were originally introduced to the United States in as a method for pond and lake maintenance Mitchell and Kelly and are still stocked and sold in some states. Due to concerns about its invasiveness, grass carp are commonly produced as triploid, or sterile, fish. Illegal sale and transport of diploid fish can still result in unwanted fertile populations. The ecological risk associated with grass carp has been uncertain, however recent observations of wild grass carp in the Great Lakes basin have caused some environmental managers to call for the re-evaluation of the ecological risk and regulatory structure concerning this species e.
Asian Carp Caught in Southwest Minnesota
Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson has joined five of her colleagues in the region in a new effort aimed at keeping Asian carp and other invasive species out of the Great Lakes. The attorneys general are urging more than two dozen states to join them in seeking a permanent separation of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River water basins. Attorneys general across the Midwest have filed three lawsuits over the past few years to try to separate the Great Lakes from the Mississippi River. They argue that closing the Chicago system of canals that links Lake Michigan to the river basin is the only way to permanently keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes. The district court ruled against Minnesota and the other states, saying they failed to show imminent harm to the Great Lakes.
They were netted only about yards north of the Iowa border on the Ocheyedan River in Nobles County, Nick Frohnauer, invasive fish coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Resources, said Friday. The find is interesting but no reason for panic, he said. Officials believe the fish made a dash into those lakes during record flooding in But none had been known to have used the back door route into southwestern Minnesota until this week, Frohnauer said.