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U.S. targets invading carp with poison, nets, shocks

Wed, 05/05/2010 - 4:27pm
Reuters

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Looking for Asian carp that could pose a dire threat to billion-dollar Great Lakes fisheries, U.S. authorities announced plans on Wednesday to poison, net and shock any invaders in Chicago-area rivers.

Authorities want to find out if any of the invasive Bighead and Silver Carp -- which have populated the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers -- have made it past electric barriers erected near Chicago to keep them out of the Great Lakes.

Carp DNA has been found in Lake Michigan, prompting neighboring states to file a lawsuit seeking to have locks closed. The suit seeks a permanent separation of the century-old, man-made links between the Mississippi River and Great Lakes watersheds.

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