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Asian Carp Caught This Summer Evaded Electronic Barrier System

Aug 19, 2017

The silver carp captured in June in Illinois weighs about 8 pounds and measures 28 inches long.
Credit Illinois Department of Natural Resources

The Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee says an Asian carp found in a Chicago waterway this summer apparently got past an electric barrier system intended to prevent the invasive fish from reaching the Great Lakes.

An autopsy shows the 4-year-old male silver carp originated in the Illinois/Middle Mississippi watershed. It was caught June 22 in Chicago's Little Calumet River, about 9 miles from Lake Michigan. That would suggest the carp somehow evaded three electric barriers 37 miles from the lake. But officials say they're not sure how it happened. Environmentalists and officials in some Great Lakes states say the barriers aren't enough to stop the carp. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently released a list of options for strengthening defenses at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam in Illinois.