CHICAGO (WTAQ) - A new report released Thursday shows that at least some Asian carp might have entered the Great Lakes, but there’s still time to stop a widespread invasion.
The report was written by scientists who came up with DNA technology to find evidence of the bloated carp.
Christopher Jerde of Notre Dame said there are some carp in the Great Lakes but scientists are “cautiously optimistic” that they have not started reproducing. Once that happens, the carp would spread further, eat more of the food for native fish, and cause serious environmental damage.
The report summarized findings by the University of Notre Dame, the Nature Conservancy, and Central Michigan.
It disagreed with a recent finding by government scientists that much of the Asian carp’s DNA found in the Great Lakes got there by other sources, like excrement from birds that fed on the carp.
Only one actual carp has been found beyond an electronic barrier designed to keep them fish out of Lake Michigan near Chicago.
Wisconsin and other states fear that a large scale invasion would ruin the region’s multi-billion dollar fishing industry.