Wednesday evening a fisherman working with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources caught as Asian Carp in Lake Calumet. This is the second fish to be found above the electronic barrier since major search efforts began last December.
While two fish may seem like no cause for alarm, it is significant because it is further proof that the electronic barrier may not be enough to stop the spread of Asian Carp into the Great Lakes.
Many our using this as an opportunity to advocate strongly for the closing of several canal locks in the Chicago area. The idea is that with the locks closed there will be a physical barrier between the carp and the Great Lakes.
This week the Army Corps of Engineers announced that it has no plans of closing the locks in the near future. They are currently studying the problem and looking for alternative methods to control the Asian Carp problem.