This week that collision catapulted closer to the point of no return as officials announced they found an 8-pound Asian carp on the wrong side of electric barriers placed in the Chicago Area Waterway System to keep the destructive invasive species from reaching the nation's most important freshwater ecosystem. It was caught Thursday by a commercial fisherman under contract with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources about 2 miles below the below the T.J.
"This news is deeply troubling and the threat of Asian carp has always been a concern of this Task Force and experts across the Great Lakes", the House Great Lakes Task Force, a bipartisan group of seven House members, said in a statement.
Once again a dreaded Asian carp has been found relatively close to Chicago and Lake Michigan.
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Under a plan developed years ago by the multi-agency coordinating committee, the find triggers two weeks of intense net fishing to look for more Asian carp near where the silver carp was caught.
However, US senator Debbie Stabenow, a Michigan Democrat, said the finding was a "massive wake-up call" and more needed to be done to find any additional carp in the area.
"This discovery reaffirms that we must do everything we can to prevent Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes basin", added U.S. Sen. O'Brien Lock and Dam, according to an Associated Press article in the Chicago Tribune.
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There are a series of electric barriers located in the waterway.
He said an adult bighead carp was found in nearby Lake Calumet in 2010 was later determined through autopsy to have originated upstream of the leading edge, and thus is not believed to have come through the existing barriers.
The silver carp, one of several species of the invasive fish, was captured below the T.J. Federal officials say the barrier does the job well, although a study found juvenile fish might get pulled through by currents from passing barges. Late previous year, the Free Press reported that the leading edge of the silver carp population was some 75 miles from Lake Michigan, though it was advancing.
Some members of Congress in the Great Lakes region have called for placing barriers in the Chicago-area waterway to seal off the lakes from the MS watershed.
An Army Corps spokeswoman said the draft plan is still being withheld pending further coordination with government and nongovernmental stakeholders.
"This news is deeply troubling and the threat of Asian carp has always been a concern of this Task Force and experts across the Great Lakes", states the co-chairs in a written statement.
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