Asian Carp Regional Coord. Committee Releases 2019 Asian Carp Action Plan

 April 29, 2019

The Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee is pleased to announce the release of the 2019 Asian Carp Action Plan. The updated Action Plan includes aggressive new prevention and control efforts, including expanded Asian carp population reduction along established fronts, large-scale field trials of potential barriers and deterrent technologies, and actions to address black and grass carp threats. The Action Plan also addresses priorities for early detection and monitoring of all life stages of Asian carp, support for the electric dispersal barriers in the Chicago Area Waterway System, contingency response, secondary pathway mitigation, and stakeholder communication and outreach.

Key initiatives for 2019 include:

  • Multiple efforts to field test potential Asian carp deterrents including underwater sound and carbon dioxide.
  • Expansion, refinement and use of more effective sampling and harvest strategies.
  • Continued coordination of strategic efforts to address the growing threats of black and grass carp.
  • Increased use of focused contract commercial fishing to remove adult Asian carp in the upper Illinois River to support Committee management goals.

Developed annually since 2010, the Action Plan works to prevent the spread of invasive Asian carp in the Great Lakes. The strategy incorporates the most current advances in science and technology for Asian carp prevention and control, and also supports the goals and recommendations of the national Management and Control Plan for Bighead, Black, Grass, and Silver Carps in the United States.


Michigan's Great Lakes Invasive Carp Challenge



 The State of Michigan wishes to congratulate the winners of the Great Lakes Invasive Carp Challenge.

Four finalists presented their solutions in the Carp Tank competition on March 27, 2018 in Detroit. The judges, Governor Rick Snyder, Dr. Denice Shaw of the EPA, Jeff Deboer of Sundberg-Ferar, and Professor David Lodge of Cornell University, ranked each solution and awarded the following prizes:If customers can’t find it, it doesn’t exist. Clearly list and describe the services you offer. Also, be sure to showcase a premium service.

FIRST PLACE ($200,000)

Edem Tsikata, a software consultant at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts 

Tsikata’s “Cavitation Barrier to Deter Asian Carp” would utilize a row of specially-designed propellers to generate a wall of cavitation bubbles which implode and emit high-speed jets of water. The painful sensation of the bubbles along with the noise of the propellers would repel fish and prevent their passage beyond the bubble barrier.Having a big sale, on-site celebrity, or other event? Be sure to announce it so everybody knows and gets excited about it.

SECOND PLACE ($125,000)

David Hamilton, Senior Policy Director for The Nature Conservancy in Lansing, Michigan

Hamilton’s “AIS Lock Treatment System” is designed function in a lock system.  After vessels are moored in a gated chamber, a carefully measured amount of chlorine – which is lethal to a wide range of aquatic organisms, including invasive carp - would be injected and mixed into the chamber’s waters. Following treatment, sodium bisulfate would be used to detoxify the water before it is released into the river.Are your customers raving about you on social media? Share their great stories to help turn potential customers into loyal ones.

THIRD PLACE ($100,000)

 Michael Scurlock, a hydraulic engineer with RiverRestoration in Carbondale, Colorado

Scurlock’s proposal for adjustable physical velocity barriers is designed to concentrate water flow in a lock system after vessels are moored, creating a current that fish cannot swim against and essentially flushing the system before the lock gates are closed.

FOURTH PLACE ($75,000)

 Dr. D.J. Lee of Smart Vision Works International in Orem, Utah, also a professor and director of the Robotics Vision Laboratory at Brigham Young University

Dr. Lee’s proposal, Recognition and Removal of Invasive Fish, is designed to prevent invasive carp from moving past the installation point by directing all fish through an automated imaging and sorting system that uses unique recognition software to divert invasive carp to a holding area for harvest. 

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