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Dozens of boats combed the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal starting in the pre-dawn hours Thursday, ultimately finding a lone Asian carp among tens of thousands of poisoned fish.
After officials launched what's believed to be the largest deliberate fish kill in state history Wednesday night, biologists sifted through the carnage at dump sites along the shipping canal near Romeoville. But by late this evening, they had identified just one 22-inch Asian carp, an invasive fish whose eating habits officials say have the potential to devastate the region's commercial fishing industry if allowed to enter the Great Lakes. Though some might question a three-day, $3 million fish kill if few Asian carp are found, biologists know the fewer carp discovered, the better the long-term health of the shipping canal and, ultimately, Lake Michigan and the Great Lakes.
officials say have the potential to devastate the region's commercial fishing industry
a lone Asian carp
among tens of thousands of poisoned fish.
Success of the project won't be determined by how many Asian carp are found, but rather what biologists learn about them and by ensuring they don't go beyond the electric barriers while under repair, said Illinois DNR spokesman Chris McCloud.
An important question biologists will try to answer during the fish kill is how large a population of Asian carp exists around the electric barriers. Researchers have collected fish DNA indicating that the invasive carp are present in the canal and have advanced beyond the barriers, but there have been few actual sightings of the carp in that location.
"The bottom line is we have to know what we're dealing with," McCloud said. "We have to know where they are and how many there are."
Though some might question a three-day, $3 million fish kill
Originally posted by ViperFoxBat
Why would someone transport that fish from China to America and deposit it into one of our rivers? It didn't swim across the Pacific you know.
Originally posted by genius/idoit
Has anyone heard heard of anything like this before?
Originally posted by billybob
maybe it was bin laden in fish form.
oh, right, they couldn't have found it, then.
[edit on 5-12-2009 by billybob]