Invasive Carp Removal Efforts In Mississippi River

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 15, 2021
Contact: DNR Office of Communications
DNRPress@wisconsin.gov


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The Wisconsin DNR will continue working with neighboring state and federal agencies to reduce the number of invasive carp in the Mississippi River. / Photo Credit: Minnesota DNR

LA CROSSE, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in partnership with neighboring state and federal agencies will take further action to reduce the number of invasive carp in the Mississippi River.

Additional actions include increasing commercial netting operations, tracking tagged carp and ongoing use of the innovative Modified Unified Method (MUM), a tactic that involves driving fish towards a series of smaller and smaller areas until they are netted out of the water.

Continued efforts follow a successful second invasive carp removal effort on Oct. 25-29 in Pool 8 of the Mississippi River near La Crosse in which the DNR, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Wild Rivers Conservancy and National Park Service sampled more than 100,000 pounds of fish.

Although seven silver carp were observed jumping out of the sampling area, no invasive carp were captured during the October removal using MUM. Thirty-four silver carp were captured during the first MUM operation in the same locations in April.

“This is potentially very good news about the current status of invasive carp in Pool 8,” said Jordan Weeks, DNR Mississippi River Fisheries Biologist. “Invasive carp captures decreased sharply. We’re hopeful this indicates a decrease in the actual invasive carp population.”

In addition, the October invasive carp removal produced hundreds of native fish in each of five locations along the river. These captures included a healthy number and diversity of native fish, including numerous paddlefish and sturgeon.

While native fish tend to hide and avoid being driven into the nets used during the MUM tactic, some do end up being netted. A subset of those fish are measured and weighed, then released back into the river. Any invasive carp are removed and further analyzed. Invasive carp compete with native species for food and habitat, so a healthy and diverse fishery is a positive sign.

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Carp Removal From Mississippi River

group of men pushing fishing boat into Mississippi River

This is the second time MUM has been used in Wisconsin or Minnesota waters. Thirty-four silver carp were captured in Pool 8 during the first interagency carp removal operation in April. / Photo Credit: Minnesota DNR

LA CROSSE, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) alongside neighboring state and federal agencies are conducting an intensive invasive carp removal effort in Pool 8 of the Mississippi River near La Crosse Oct. 25-29.

The Wisconsin DNR is working with the Minnesota DNR, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) using the innovative Modified Unified Method (MUM). This is the second time MUM has been used in Wisconsin or Minnesota waters. Thirty-four silver carp were captured in Pool 8 (La Crosse and Vernon Co.) during the first interagency carp removal operation in April.

There will be no impacts to commercial or recreational boat traffic on the main channel of the Mississippi River.

Developed by the USGS, the MUM method uses block nets to create compartments or “cells.” The USGS then uses electrofishing boats and boats outfitted with underwater speakers to herd carp from each cell. When a cell is cleared, another net is used to close the cell and prevent the fish from returning.

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President Biden Announces Key Nomination

OCTOBER 21, 2021•STATEMENTS AND RELEASES

Martha Williams, Nominee for Director of Fish and Wildlife Services at the Department of Interior
Williams is currently serving as the Principal Deputy Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Preceding her appointment, Williams served as the Director of the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks from 2017 to 2020. There, she delivered leadership that embraced the diversity of Montana’s natural resources and outdoor recreational values that also incorporated public expectations and values into the agency’s direction. Previously, Williams was an Assistant Professor of Law at the Blewett School of Law at the University of Montana and co-directed the university’s Land Use and Natural Resources Clinic. William’s appointment to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is a return to the Department of the Interior, where she served earlier in her career as Deputy Solicitor Parks and Wildlife, providing counsel to the National Park Service and the Fish and Wildlife Service.

Growing up on a farm in Maryland, Martha Williams gained an appreciation for open lands, waters, wildlife, and community. This passion led her to the wild places of the West and a career spent fostering a love of the outdoors and stewarding the protection of natural resources. Williams earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Montana School of Law. Williams is a hunter, angler, birdwatcher and overall outdoor enthusiast.

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Game and Parks appoints McCoy as director

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Tim McCoy was selected as the new director of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission on September 29, 2021. He will succeed Jim Douglas, who is retiring November 2, 2021. Eric Fowler, September 29, 2021. Copyright NEBRASKAland Magazine, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commissioners on Sept. 29 appointed Tim McCoy to become the agency’s new director.

McCoy, currently the deputy director, succeeds Jim Douglas, who is retiring Nov. 2 following 47 years at Nebraska Game and Parks, the last nine as director.

“I am honored to be selected as the next director of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission,” McCoy said. “It is a unique privilege and responsibility to lead the stewardship of Nebraska’s fish, wildlife and park resources and provide diverse opportunities for outdoor recreation.”

Said Dan Kreitman, Commission chairman: “The Board of Commissioners extends our thanks and appreciation to Jim Douglas for his 47 years with the Game and Parks Commission.

“We welcome Tim McCoy as the new director; he has the education, experience, knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully lead the Commission. We are honored to volunteer with the Commission and work directly with Tim, connecting people to our natural resources and supporting conservation in Nebraska.”

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Dave Chanda Named New RBFF President & CEO

Chanda Will Work with RBFF Leadership to Increase Fishing & Boating Participation

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (September 30, 2021) — The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) today announced Dave Chanda as the organization’s new President and Chief Executive Officer. In his new role, Chanda will manage all aspects of RBFF operations and assume responsibility for meeting the strategic goals set by RBFF leadership.

Chanda, who originally joined the RBFF team in 2017 as Vice President of State & Federal Engagement, brings to the role more than 30 years of leadership expertise. “What an incredible honor to be selected to lead RBFF,” said Chanda. “I have had a 23-year long association with this organization and have always been a steadfast supporter of their goals and mission. I look forward to continuing to work with this talented team as we continue to grow fishing and boating opportunities throughout the country.”

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