Taking action on Asian carp
Every year since 2010, the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee has released an Asian Carp Action Plan for the Great Lakes Basin. This committee consists of members from the Great Lakes region, including state, provincial, and federal organizations. Their action plans work to prevent the spread of Asian carps into the Great Lakes and they incorporate current advances in science and technology. The 2019 Asian Carp Action Plan was released, and it includes new prevention and control efforts such as expanding Asian carp population reductions along established fronts by using refined and more effective sampling and harvesting techniques, large-scale field trials of new barrier and deterrent technologies, such as underwater sound and carbon dioxide, and actions to address the growing threats of grass and black carp. The Action Plan also addresses priorities for early detection and monitoring of all life stages of Asian carps, support for the electric dispersal barriers in the Chicago Area Waterway System, contingency response, pathway mitigation and communication and outreach. Read the 2019 Asian Carp Action Plan.
You can also learn more about Asian carp prevention in Canadian waters by checking out Protecting the Great Lakes from Asian carps, a new video released by Fisheries and Oceans Canada!