By Mark Kanz
A commercial fisherman near Chicago found an eight-pound silver Asian carp in his net Thursday just eight miles from Lake Michigan. In 2010, another Asian carp got past the electric barrier designed to prevent the invasive species from reaching Lake Michigan, although carp DNA has been discovered in the water before. Wisconsin DNR Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator Bob Wakeman says boaters and fishermen can play a big role in preventing the spread of all invasive species.
Wakeman says studies have indicated conditions in Lake Michigan might not be able to support Asian carp, but the Bay of Green Bay would provide a good habitat. The spread of the Asian carp would threaten the multi- billion dollar Lake Michigan fishing industry.