CHICAGO, March 15 (UPI) — Federal officials say fishery crews have not caught any Asian carp in the Chicago canal system but it is still important to target the invasive species.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said Monday that despite working with nets and fish-shocking tools for a month crews have been unable to catch even one of the large fish that are seen as a possible threat to the Great Lakes.
It is critical the carp to not reach Lake Michigan, where the size and hunger of the fish could pose problems for native fish populations, officials said.
Tom Marks, the New York director of the Great Lakes Sport Fishing Council, suggested the crews’ inability to catch a carp could be seen as proof the species has been unable to pass the canal system’s electric fish barrier.
“I think they believe that a ‘good show’ with no results (of Asian carp) will prove what they have been saying; there are no carp above the barrier,” Marks told the Journal-Sentinel.
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