TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Federal crews report sighting two Asian carp in the Illinois River that were 12 miles closer to Lake Michigan than all other Asian carps of the same size discovered earlier.
This clearly implies that the “front lines” of the smaller Asian carp population of the river has now come almost 66 miles closer to Lake Michigan. This whole front line is a whole lot closer than it was at the start of 2015.
Also two more silver carps measuring around 6 ½ inches in length have been discovered in October in the river’s Marseilles Pool close to Seneca, Illinois by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service teams.
The Asian carps have been spotted many times along the Illinois River, often popping out of the river in a sudden frenzy when speeding motorboats end up disturbing them. Some of these Asian carps even land inside these boats.
Officials still state that despite this new discovery, there are 76 miles of water, three dams and locks and one electric barrier in between the younger carp population and the lake. However, the adult Asian carp population has been spotted closer too.
There are ongoing debates now among officials as to measures that can be taken to protect the Great Lakes from Asian carp including both juveniles and adults because these invasive fish may end up harming native fish.