MADISON (WKOW) -- The Obama Administration announced a series of new measures to protect the Great Lakes from Asian carp.
The plan builds on an unprecedented federal plan established in February 2010 which prevents the invasive species from developing self-sustaining populations in the Great Lakes.
The 2011 Asian Carp Control Strategy Framework adds 13 new initiatives to the comprehensive effort to combat Asian carp, including expanding eDNA testing capacity and developing cutting-edge biological controls and monitoring technology, among other measures.
"From a biological standpoint, we face a great challenge protecting the Great Lakes ecosystems and fisheries from invasion by the Asian carp," said Tom Strickland, Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks at the Department of the Interior. "The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Geological Survey are working on the ground as part of an Administration-wide intensive comprehensive strategy to stop the spread of Asian carp."
The new strategy includes expanding a lab in LaCrosse to increase capacity of eDNA testing in all of the great lakes. It also includes the development of alternate trap and net designs for Asian Carp and an assessment of the impact of steel-hulled barges on pre-existing electric barriers.
MADISON (WKOW) -- John Goss, Asian Carp Director at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, will join representatives from other federal agencies for a conference call with reporters today. According to the White House, they will make an announcement on collaborative Asian carp efforts under a newly-updated Asian Carp Control Strategy Framework.
Goss chairs the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee (ACRCC), a team of Federal, state and local agencies working together to prevent Asian carp from establishing self-sustaining populations in the Great Lakes. The updated Framework unifies federal, state and local action.
Asian carp are voracious eaters, and Midwest states feel their eating habits could push out other fish populations and damage the Great Lakes fishing industry, if they take hold in the lake. They are already close, with a number of the fish in the Chicago River.
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