June 6, 2006

One stop Asian Carp shop

Thanks to alert and helpful reader Walranger5, a committed environmentalist and sportsman up in Michigan, who clued me in to AsianCarp.org, a central clearinghouse site on the problem of invasive Asian carp set up jointly by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the University of Texas-Arlington.

It provides everything you've ever wanted to know about carp, (and then some) including laws and regulations, risk assessments, projects underway and proposed, feasibility studies, identification guides, and anything related to the effort to control or contain these fish.

Of particular value is the information database page which lists many if not all of the studies and papers produced on the subject.

A symposium on the problem is scheduled to be held in Peoria August 22-23 for all you carp heads or people interested in keeping up to speed on this serious and challenging problem.

An Asian Carp Working Group composed of representatives from various stakeholders in the problem has been formed to coordinate a national integrated management and control plan.

Educate yourself and know the facts when proposals are made.

One day's catch (over 150 carp) bowhunting on the Des Moines River, Iowa.
(How they put an arrow in the tiny fish in the lower right is beyond me.)

A fisherman brings in a big haul of carp that almost swamped the boat.

A bighead carp. They're neither pretty nor small.

The symposium site promised a gallery of jumping carp photos, but only one is available (the other links are broken). The shot shows hundreds of silver carp leaping in the air just below a spillway dam on the Illinois river.


At 6/07/2006 8:44 AM, Blogger UMRBlog said...

Carpe Diem!

At 6/07/2006 11:46 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Since Carpe Diem is "seize the day" in Latin, shouldn't that be Carpe Carp!

At 6/07/2006 12:11 PM, Blogger UMRBlog said...

Yeah, but that's plagiarizing from Pogo so I didn't say it!

At 6/07/2006 12:25 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Pogo said "carpe carp"??!!

Why? Sounds plausible though.

I haven't seen Pogo for a looooong time. I bet re-reading some of Kelly's work would be interesting today.

At 6/07/2006 10:00 PM, Blogger Anon 10:32 said...

Thank you Sen Mike Jacobs for doing something about these dangerous fish. A boy in the paper was shown with a 15lbs. Missle fish that jumped into his boat. Good thing it didn't kill him.


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