Zoeller helps out federal effort to reduce Asian carp

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Asian Carp now populate a number of streams in the Midwest and there is a fear that the problem fish may soon enter the Great Lakes. It has prompted an unprecedented federal response.

A 106-page Asian Carp Control Strategy was just released by the federal government. It was developed with input from state officials here in Indiana. 

Taking the lead is GOP Attorney General Greg Zoeller who last week took a tour of the Wabash River along with Federal Carp Czar John Goss.

They found two schools of Asian carp and learned a lot about their impact. 

"No one skis in the Wabash River anymore," said Zoeller, "because these fish will jump up and hit you." 

They can be as big as four feet long and weigh as much as 90 pounds.

Zoeller met with community leaders and conservationists to encourage cooperation with efforts to reduce the Asian carp population.

Otherwise, he says, the number of game fish will go down. There is research underway at Purdue to target toxins that would kill Asian carp. Scientists also hope to find ways to disrupt reproductive cycles.

Locks and gates will protect the Great Lakes and Zoeller expects to see improved conditions on the Wabash. 

"Hopefully we can at least ski some portions of it again," he said.

Not only did Zoeller see a lot of Asian carp on his tour, he met a couple of them on an up close and personal basis.  They jumped into his boat. One of them hit the driver.

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