Credit Creative Commons. Proposals to solve the Asian carp problem in the Illinois River include everything from electric barriers to sound waves. However, the solution may ultimately come from basic economic demand generated by creating a robust market for carp-based products. A study showed it would take about 1 point 5 million dollars a year to create an aggressive commercial fishing program on the Illinois River to reduce the Asian carp population.
Report Highlights Illinois River Asian Carp and Sediment Issues
Report Highlights Illinois River Asian Carp and Sediment Issues | Peoria Public Radio
Carp are a family of fish native to Europe and Asia. The common carp Cyprinus carpio has been in the US for over years. The newest carp invaders, bighead carp , black carp , grass carp , and silver carp collectively known as "Asian carp" , however, are causing their own brand of trouble in the Mississippi River and rivers and lakes within the Mississippi rivershed. These four species of fish were introduced to the U. These captive fish eventually escaped into the Mississippi River basin and established breeding populations.
‘Redneck Fishing’ for Flying Asian Carp on Illinois River
Charmayne Anderson, a graduate student from Western Illinois University, holds one of the larger Bighead carp caught in a lake in Morris, Illinois. Wildlife agencies and fishermen in Illinois are using a Chinese technique to catch Asian carp, an invasive fish species threatening the Great Lakes ecosystem. In one day, an Asian carp can eat 20 percent of its body weight, which can reach a whopping pounds. The fish deplete waters of necessary food, like plankton, for other aquatic life.
The Redneck Fishing Tournament in Bath, Illinois has become something of a global phenomenon in recent years. Betty DeFord created the competition roughly a decade ago in an attempt to rid the town's river of an invasive species that's rapidly taking over. Listen Listening Bath runs along a 7-mile stretch of the Illinois River that has become overrun by Asian carp.