Carp DNA in Minnesota rivers turns out to be false alarm

  • Article by: Josephine Marcotty , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 5, 2013 - 1:52 AM

New analysis of water samples may mean Minnesota has more time to build defenses against the invasion of the voracious fish.

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wagn0404Apr. 4, 1311:22 AM

The best solution yet for an Asian carp infesting came from an Illinois state Senator: Catch a bunch of them and donate to food shelves and prisons. As far as I know, there's nothing unpalatable about them and they're a pretty good source of nutrition.

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owatonnabillApr. 4, 13 3:21 PM

"Carp DNA in MN rivers does not mean they have invaded"..................So are they there on vacation or something?

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jarlmnApr. 4, 13 9:56 PM

I can't bring myself to get at all excited about *gasp* "invasive species." In any current ecosystem you can point to, each and every bit of flora and fauna was once themselves, "invasive." Evolution and ecological change happens! Get over it! And let's not forget that for some peoples, these fish are a delicacy! We should forget about spending money impotently trying to keep these fish away and spend the money developing recipes and cook books!

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fishbachApr. 4, 1310:35 PM

Ever since this story was first report I have been asking just what is meant by "Asian carp DNA detected." Not one single news agency bothered to this tough but simple question. And now - how many months later - the whole thing is a "false alarm." What has happened to journalism?

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krank631Apr. 4, 1311:06 PM

You may say their on vacation on our beautiful rivers and lakes. But just decide to watersking or waterboarding and and 30lber decides to hit you up side you forhead with its dorsal fin at 30 mph....Your going to be saying wheres the ambulance and how in he double tooth pick do we get these Nasty varmints out of my lake....shoot em fish em net em do whatever you got to do to get these ugly lookin things out of here....Another nasty critter is the Zebra mussel...ohhh you dont know about em yet but in a few years when there arent any more walleyes to catch then people will be screamin....But they have the answer now...and they are called stourgen....All they have to do is feed the Stourgen fry Zebra mussels now and in a few years dump the stourgen in the lakes where the zebra mussels are and boom stourgen keeps zebra mussels in check..if you dont....go talk to Michigan...They will tell you what its like to have a million dollar lake home next to a lake that you cant even swim in due to zebra mussel...ohh at first it clears up the lake crystal clear then the nasties start to grow....oohhh the fun....jump in for 5 minutes and you want to tear your skin off....

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fackerApr. 5, 13 5:10 AM

The 'fight' against invasive species is like buying the most expensive fancy car with all the options. When you drive it off the lot it is all shiny and new, and you feel good about your investment at first, even though you don't realize how much your 'investment' just cost you as you now owe more than the car is worth. Quickly you realize the new insurance and payments are hard to swallow. In fact, you often have to give up lots of other things you need more just to get by. Then the warranty runs out and the maintenance costs get even more expensive. The paint fades, the seats crack, and the car starts to rust. And eventually, you need to replace it, but realize you can't afford the new model. So you just take the bus. All along you could have gotten by with a lot less expensive car or none at all, not had to deal with all the hardship, and the end result would have been exactly the same. So it is with this 'fight' (notice the fear words used by those promoting this cause when they speak) against invasive species. Spend all you want on fancy prevention, but the end result will still be the same. At least we can bankrupt ourselves getting their! P.S. Somebody wrote about how these asian carp are good food sources. You are indeed correct. Taste even better than walleye, but with a few larger bones. Feed the World!

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gking2mnApr. 5, 13 5:22 AM

somebody sold a reason for a job. and what was the result smoke and mirrors. we call that fear selling example the sky is falling. If they are here then prove it. if you want barriers so they don't get here then say that. hard to fund what if's

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Bad horseApr. 5, 13 7:13 AM

This is not a false alarm. There will be Asian Carp in this State and they will be in most rivers and some lakes. Zebra Mussels will be in most lakes in about 10 years. I don't think that humans will win this battle. Nature one, humans zero.

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heckyousayApr. 5, 13 8:30 AM

re: "I don't think that humans will win this battle. Nature one, humans zero." Actually nature had little to do with the introduction of these species into North America. Humans brought the zebra mussel in the bilges of oceangoing ships into the great lakes, and brought the carp into the southern states to help clean fish ponds or something like that. So how do we figure that score out, other than we know that nature and its native species lose bigtime to human greed. Again.

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crestliner62Apr. 5, 13 9:16 AM

Are you telling me that the "Highly Sensitive Tests" were giving false positives??!! heaven and earth how did that happen?! oh well...guess we'll have to find another problem for this solution...have these "Scientists" or "Journalists" ever heard of "Peer Review" or checking facts..no? yeah, because we don't want facts to get in the way right? hahaha silly humans..

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