Invasive Asian Carp advancing through Indiana

Jul 05, 2010 By Spencer Hunt

Those voracious invasive fish, Asian Carp, have another possible point of entry to Ohio and Lake Erie.

A spawning population of the silver carp has been found in the Wabash River in Indiana near Fort Wayne. That puts them very close to the Ohio border and to a stream, called the Little Tributary. If the Little Tributary has a major flood, the fish could conceivably swim about a mile east and get into the Maumee River system.

The chance of this happening seems much more remote than the threat of getting into Erie via Lake Michigan. In Illinois, the have moved beyond an electric barrier set up in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal and have been found in Lake Calumet, which is about six miles away from Lake Michigan.

Environmental groups are nevertheless saying the Wabash River discovery creates a new threat to Lake Erie's fishing and tourism industry and that safeguards must be put in place to keep the carp out of Ohio.

Explore further: Declining catch rates in Caribbean green turtle fishery may be result of overfishing

More information: Read more about the Army Corps of Engineer's efforts to keep the Asian Carp out of the Great Lakes: www.lrc.usace.army.mil/AsianCarp/

5 /5 (1 vote)
add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

No Asian carp found yet in Ill. fish kill

Dec 03, 2009

(AP) -- No Asian carp have been spotted so far in a Chicago canal during a massive fish kill aimed at trying to keep the giant fish out of the Great Lakes.

Illinois to poison canal in hopes of killing invasive carp

Dec 02, 2009

The largest fish kill in Illinois history -- expected to net 100 tons of fish including, hopefully, some Asian carp -- is to start Wednesday south of Chicago in an attempt to make sure none of the feared carp make it past ...

Experts applaud massive fish kill

Jun 08, 2006

Illinois state officials say they are thrilled by the mysterious deaths of thousands of invasive Asian carp in the Illinois River last week.

Recommended for you

Japan lawmakers demand continued whaling

7 hours ago

Japanese lawmakers on Wednesday demanded the government redesign its "research" whaling programme to circumvent an international court ruling that described the programme as a commercial hunt dressed up as ...

EU must take urgent action on invasive species

10 hours ago

The EU must take urgent action to halt the spread of invasive species that are threatening native plants and animals across Europe, according to a scientist from Queen's University Belfast.

User comments : 1

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

vonrock
not rated yet Jul 05, 2010
I know ! Lets put the government in charge of preventing this. Their so efficient an thrift. Get it done Ohio before some judge says no.

More news stories

Chimpanzees prefer firm, stable beds

Chimpanzees may select a certain type of wood, Ugandan Ironwood, over other options for its firm, stable, and resilient properties to make their bed, according to a study published April 16, 2014 in the open-access ...

For cells, internal stress leads to unique shapes

From far away, the top of a leaf looks like one seamless surface; however, up close, that smooth exterior is actually made up of a patchwork of cells in a variety of shapes and sizes. Interested in how these ...

Down's chromosome cause genome-wide disruption

The extra copy of Chromosome 21 that causes Down's syndrome throws a spanner into the workings of all the other chromosomes as well, said a study published Wednesday that surprised its authors.