TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) – A live Asian carp has been discovered in a Chicago waterway about nine miles from Lake Michigan.
Federal and state officials tell The Associated Press a commercial fisherman netted the silver carp below the T.J. O’Brien Lock and Dam.
The fish was 28 inches long and weighed about 8 pounds.
Silver carp are among four Asian carp species threatening to invade the Great Lakes, where scientists say they could compete with native species and devastate the region’s $7 billion fishing industry.
Michigan Senator Gary Peters quickly commented on the discovery in a prepared statement, saying, in part, “This discovery reaffirms that we must do everything we can to prevent Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes basin – starting with the swift release of the Brandon Road Study to evaluate the next steps needed to protect our waterways from this harmful invasive species.”
Earlier this week, Peters helped introduce the Stop Asian Carp Now Act, which will require the Trump Administration to release the Brandon Road Study within seven days of the bill’s enactment.
This is the second time a live Asian carp has turned up beyond an electric barrier network 37 miles southwest of the city that’s designed to keep the invasive fish from reaching the lakes. A bighead carp was found in Chicago’s Lake Calumet in 2010.