DNR ramps up battle against Asian carp - WNEM TV 5

DNR ramps up battle against Asian carp

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There are now fears that Asian carp could enter Michigan inland lakes. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is asking anglers to monitor their live bait purchases and also to look for juvenile Asian carp during the entirety of the fishing season.

The DNR says it is taking many steps to prevent adult Asian carp (bighead and silver) from entering the Great Lakes. But the agency says many people don't realize that juvenile Asian carp pose a threat to the state's waters, too.

In a news release the DNR states juvenile Asian carp can be confused with common baitfish such as gizzard shad, emerald shiner, spottail shiner or golden shiner. Because bait often is transported across state lines, including from areas with breeding populations of Asian carp, the DNR says it would be possible for juvenile Asian carp to make their way into the bait supply without anyone realizing it.

A video is available online to assist anglers and the public in identifying juvenile Asian carp. It showcases five characteristics that viewers can use to distinguish between juvenile Asian carp (bighead and silver) and common baitfish, including:

The video can be viewed on the DNR's Asian carp website at michigan.gov/asiancarp.

The video also describes what an angler should do if he or she thinks there is a juvenile Asian carp or any odd-looking fish in the bait bucket. Anglers are encouraged to keep the questionable fish alive or freeze the fish and contact the DNR to correctly identify the fish in question. The DNR does not want questionable fish to be used as bait. Once anglers are done fishing, remaining baitfish should be disposed of in the trash.

This video is one of several items the DNR has developed to increase public awareness about Asian carp. For more information, visit michigan.gov/asiancarp.

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