ON-SITE RESEARCH

ON-SITE RESEARCH — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been busy conducting research on several highly-invasive breeds of carp, including the jumping silver carp shown above on the Fox River in Illinois. Reservoirs downriver in western Kentucky have been invaded by carp which out-muscle juvenile bass and other filter-feeders for food. Tennessee created a legislative task force to bring attention to the carp. The commission directed fisheries officials to subsidize commercial fishermen and wholesalers, maybe paying the former five cents per pound and the latter a few pennies. Kentucky runs a similar, and successful, program that pays fishermen a nickel per pound to switch from catfish and buffalo to Asian carp.                                          Photo from USF&WS

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