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Asian Carp Fight to Feature New Barrier
The latest strategies to fight the spread of invasive Asian carp in Illinois will include stepped-up detection, more aggressive harvesting and a new electrified barrier to keep the fish from entering Lake Michigan, federal officials announced.

Federal agencies will spend $57.3 million in 2016 on wide-ranging efforts to control bighead and silver carp — a pair of Asian carp species that have moved up the Mississippi and Illinois rivers and potentially threaten fish populations in the Great Lakes.

This year's funding will include construction of a fourth electrified barrier in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal that is expected to be more effective than previous iterations. As fish penetrate an electronic field, they becoming increasingly uncomfortable and become immobilized or deterred from swimming further upstream.


 
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