You can tell your grandchildren that we watched as Asian carp destroyed many of our sport fisheries because of inaction and/or incompetence by management agencies and government officials.
The latest visual (photo above) comes from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and was published in the Star Tribune. From left, a grass carp, a silver carp, and a bighead carp were taken by commercial fishermen on March 1 in the Mississippi River near Winona.
Grass carp have been in Minnesota waters for years, as they have been across the country. But silver and bighead are migrating steadily northward and eventually will move into some of the state’s prime sport fisheries if they are not stopped.
They also seem destined to enter the Great Lakes, probably through the manmade connection between Lake Michigan and the Mississippi River basin. Once established in those waters, they could destroy a $7 billion recreational fishery.
"A silver carp discovery this far upstream is discouraging, but not surprising," said Minnesota DNR’s Tim Schlagenhaft about the March 1 discovery . "This is further evidence that Asian carp continue to move upstream in the Mississippi River."