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Asian Carp Roundup in KY Opens New Front in Battle
By The Associated Press
GOLDEN POND - A roundup of Asian carp on Kentucky Lake using 1,000-foot-long nets is opening a new front in a 15-year battle to halt their advance.

The invasive fish threaten to upend aquatic ecosystems, starve out native fish and wipe out endangered mussel and snail populations along the Mississippi River and dozens of tributaries.

The latest effort this month has the USGS, Fish and Wildlife, and state agencies from Mississippi, Tennessee and Kentucky working together on a mass harvest of Asian carp utilizing the Modified Unified Method.

The method uses electricity, as well as a sound system attached to boats to push the fish into netted sections of water. Officials then use a fish pump to suck the fish into a barge, and the fish are taken to market.

Until recently most of the effort was focused on keeping them out of the Great Lakes. Now Southern states are becoming more active.

According to data compiled by The Associated Press, state and federal agencies together have spent more than $607 million to stop them since 2004.  Projects in the works are expected to push the price tag to about $1.5 billion over the next decade.  

Published 11:24 AM, Wednesday Feb. 12, 2020
Updated 02:32 AM, Thursday Feb. 13, 2020

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