Asian invader, grass carp, worked way up to Wis.
Published in the Lansing States Journal
Published April 26, 2006
PRESCOTT, Wis. - A commercial fisher hauled in an Asian carp that weighed 45 to 50 pounds from the Lower St. Croix River, indicating the invasive species is continuing its spread up the Mississippi River from the South, an official says.
Officials are working to prevent the fish from entering the Great Lakes.
The catch of the grass carp was made April 7 near Prescott, Wis., where the Lower St. Croix flows into the Mississippi, said Jay Rendall, invasive species coordinator with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
The grass carp is one of four species of Asian carp that escaped into the lower Mississippi basin after being imported into the United States in the 1960s and 1970s.