Bill enlists U in species fight

  • Article by: DENNIS ANDERSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 8, 2012 - 8:05 PM

It's "now or never" to take on Asian carp and other invasive animals and plants, a professor says in unveiling new research center proposal.

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verdepatoMar. 8, 12 8:40 PM

This man is famous for his research on the common carp JUST WHAT HAS HE DONE TO HELP WITH THE COMMON CARP And we are going to give him and the U millions More waste of our money What a shame

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netbuddyMar. 8, 12 8:56 PM

This is the most, and probably the only, intelligent strategy for getting a handle on the Asian Carp threat I have seen. Building bigger dams or closing locks is not going to offer much protection as we have already found Asian Carp in lakes and rivers throughout the Midwest that are completely isolated by substantial dams, land bridges, and sealed locks. There are already a few universities and research labs looking into biological controls for Asian Carp and I believe the US Geological Survey is also involved in some research on biological controls for the Army Corps / GLMRIS project. What we really need, in addition to funding, is a way to coordinate all this research and share the fruits of the technology among the research facilities. If the University of Minnesota will be going to the federal well for support it would also be a good time to talk to the appropriate people in Washington about setting up an "Invasive Species Internet" that would coordinate research and share findings. I'm not talking about a new government agency, just a coordinated network with it administrative center maybe at the University of Minnesota. The sense of urgency here should foster a combined and cooperative team approach to solving this problem, not just another lab working on its own.

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walranger5Mar. 9, 12 3:51 AM

In the Chicago tribune 3/8/12 (Illinois closes fishing at 2 lakes to battle carp)In 2009 they drained and poisoned Hennepin and Hopper lakes to get rid of common carp. But last summer they realized enough survived to stage a carp comeback. Just killing makes it safer for the new batch you just killed the predators and competition. That,s why we need more native predators, Asian carp have the same weakness as any other fish, surviving the spawn. Lots of predators makes that difficult.

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jackpinesavMar. 9, 12 9:02 AM

Where is "I didn't get a deer" whiner Denny McNamera of the House Natural Resources Committee for this event? Repubs really are NOT committed to putting $$$ into natural resources; outdoor user groups need to stop listening to retoric and ask for results.

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pondguyMar. 9, 12 1:03 PM

This sounds like a great idea! Research is overwhelmingly needed in the AIS area. A few hundred DNR boat checkers, new policies, and public awareness only go so far. We need people working on SOLUTIONS, not first-line defense tactics. And Dr. Sorensen, with his great experience is well suited. Let's make it happen.

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