Senators want $20 million to fight carp

May 5, 2010 3:00:41 PM PDT
Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin is asking for federal funding to help fight Asian carp.

Durbin and other Midwest senators want the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to get $20 million to start a new effort to control the destructive fish.

Separately, a new 3-month monitoring program is being implemented. The Asian carp regional coordinating committee is behind this plan.

"This kind of project and the continuation of it is important, because it will guide us in next steps along this mission to prevent Asian carp from getting to the great lakes," said Chris McCloud, Ill. Department of Natural Resources.

So far, traditional sampling techniques have not lead to the capture of any Asian carp in areas surveyed during a six week sampling period.


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