Asian Carp FAQ
- Don't move live fish from one location to another. Illinois state law prohibits the transport of live Asian carp.
- Never use wild-caught baitfish in waters other than where they came from.
- Know the difference between juvenile Asian carp and Juvenile Gizzard Shad which look nearly identical.
- Drain lake or river water from live wells and bilges before leaving any body of water.
- A group of biologist and response professionals including representatives of the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S Coast Guard, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources are finalizing a response plan to address the potential immediate threat as well as more permanent long term solutions.
- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has installed two electric barriers in the CSSC to help repel the carp. A third barrier is scheduled to be complete in 2010.
- Asian Carp eDNA monitoring has been conducted by the University of Notre Dame and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on the Des Plaines River, CSSC, I & M Channel and the Chicago River.
- Fisheries biologists from state and federal agencies have increased their efforts to locate the fish using traditional fishing gear and electro-fishing methods.
- A fish toxicant called Rotenone will be applied to the CSSC while the Electric Barrier is down for routine maintenance in November.
- The Rapid Response Team is analyzing where the low water spots on the Des Plaines and the I & M canal are located and where the bypasses to the electric barrier occur.
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