A federal plan for keeping hungry Asian carp from reaching the valuable fish populations of the Great Lakes calls for reinforcing electrical and other barriers currently in place and for field-testing other methods, including the use of water guns and hormonal fish love potions.
Last week researchers presented evidence that invasive Asian carp species may be at the Great Lakes' doorstep. The upper Lakes may not support a carp explosion, however, and the jury is out on what their impact could be. Still, scientists urge caution.
The carp’s march up the Mississippi River basin even surmounted electric barriers set up by the Army Corps of Engineers to keep them out of Chicago waterways. A new study in the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences affirms that if the fish haven’t reached the Great Lakes yet, they’re very close.
Louisa Chu has heard the complaints: that the Taste of Chicago is too hot and crowded, that the food's no good, that nobody goes anymore. But an opening day walk-through reminded her why others still love the Taste.
Illinois officials hope they can make progress on two different problems by feeding Asian carp to hungry families.The invasive species of fish has been added to the state's "Target Hunger Now!" program, which encourages hunters and fishermen to donate food to the needy.