by Jim Lundstrom, Peninsula Pulse

The term “Asian carp” refers to the following four species: silver carp, grass carp, bighead carp and black carp.

Nearly $50 million is earmarked this year to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes, according the 2018 action plan just released by the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee (ACRCC). The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is providing $21 million of the funding.

The ACRCC has been coming up with action plans to control the spread of Asian carp since 2010. One of the 2018 goals is, according to the executive summary, “to more aggressively address the potential threat of fish movement upstream towards the Great Lakes.”

Last June, the Illinois DNR announced finding a single silver carp in the Illinois waterway, approximately nine miles away from Lake Michigan.

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