The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has found one 20-pound live Asian carp in Lake Calumet,
which sits near the Illinois-Indiana border and is connected to Lake
Michigan's canal system. Although researchers at the University of Notre
Dame identified Asian carp DNA in the same harbor last January, this is
the first physical specimen that's been found above an electric barrier system built by the U.S. Army Corps to prevent the invasion
of the fish into the Great Lakes.
Jack Darin of the Illinois Sierra
Club offered this response:
This underscores the urgency of
measures to stop the carp from entering the Lake, and of beginning as
soon as possible with an analysis and plan for separating the Lake
Michigan and Mississippi/Illinois River watersheds. That's the only way
to permanently stop the Asian Carp, and other alien invaders, from
getting into our Great Lakes. The sooner we are able to break the
artificial connection between these two waterways, the sooner we will
be able to stop killing off fish in the Chicago River system.