Fish Kill Opens Door to Realistic Solutions
In May, the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee killed 11,000 fishin an attempt to track down Asian carp. None were found.This discovery reaffirms what the facts have shown for quite some time;namely, that existing electric barriers down river have stopped the progressof self-sustaining populations of Asian carp.
Carp Found: 0
Fish Killed: 11,000Pounds of Fish Collected: 100,000Cost to Taxpayers: $1.5 millionCost to Business: A week of productivityFreight Disrupted: 140,000 tons
In May 2010, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources in cooperationwith the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee shut down commerceon the Little Calumet River for a week, killing and collecting 11,000 fish alonga two mile stretch. No Carp were found.
This operation, based on eDNA evidence that Asian carp might be presentcost taxpayers $1.5 million directly and cost the economy even moreindirectly through lost commercial activity.
The broader economic costs of such closures are even more significant. Inan average week, the impacted locks transport over 140,000 tons of valuable
commodities and goods. That‟s the equivalent of nearly 5,000 semi truck