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Asian carp: Back to tried and true

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Now it's back to the regular methods of surveying fish to find if any Asian carp are beyond the electric fish barrier at Romeoville.

As the advance goes on as inevitable as it is.

Here's the latest official word:

Sampling Efforts to Net Asian Carp on Chicago Area Waterway System to Start this Week

IDNR, USFWS to begin traditional searching near warm water discharges

CHICAGO - Fisheries biologists from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) will begin intensive sampling operations in multiple locations within the Chicago Area Waterway System (CAWS) this week. The sampling efforts will include using commercial fishing nets and electro fishing gear in an attempt to locate either silver or bighead Asian carp above the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Electric Fish Barrier System. The sampling operation will also include the use of commercial fishermen and is scheduled to take place in the CAWS over the next 2-3 weeks.

Sampling crews will concentrate their efforts near warm water discharges created by various industrial operations along the waterway system. These areas of warm water serve as a place of congregation for fish during the winter when water temperatures drop significantly.

The sampling effort on the Chicago Area Waterway System is an important step in the Asian Carp Control Strategy Framework, which includes both short and long term actions to stop the migration of Asian carp into the Great Lakes.

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My 'boxcars' bet...small bighead and silvers found..
Not in big numbers but still present.

In the nets.

Rob, I might be tempted to take that bet. Fishermen hit the warm-water discharges pretty good around the Chicago waterways. If there were any numbers there, I think one would have been caught or snagged by now by a fisherman.

What we get in Ohio is sometimes second-hand or just old news. The talk lately was an all out extension fish kill in the canal followed up by commercial-type nets to sample the waters to see if there are any Asian carp where they SHOULDN'T BE!

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