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Biologists Rush to Protect Great Lakes From Onslaught of Carp

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Science  19 Feb 2010:
Vol. 327, Issue 5968, pp. 932
DOI: 10.1126/science.327.5968.932

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With Asian carp poised to invade Lake Michigan, wildlife managers are urgently trying to figure out how many of the voracious 1.5-meter-long fish have already slipped past electric fish barriers in a waterway near Chicago—and they are scrambling to shore up defenses. A new plan, released by federal agencies and other groups last week, aims to improve coordination among agencies dealing with the immediate threat and divvies up $78.5 million for control and research. Meanwhile, scientists and advocacy groups are pushing with renewed effort for what they say is the only long-term solution: severing the connection between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River Basin, a proposal that doesn't sit well with the barge industry.