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New Barrier to Rebuff Asian Carp in Indiana

By JoshMogerman in News on Jul 18, 2010 2:30PM

Asian carp at Shedd Aquarium by Kate Gardiner.
After initially downplaying the threat of Asian carp accessing Lake Erie through flooding in waterways near Fort Wayne, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources has announced that they will build a carp barrier of their own. Unlike the the electric fence built to rebuff the invasive fish outside Chicago, the Hoosier state will build a physical mesh barrier to limit the movement of spawning carp in Indiana. According to the Journal Gazette:

The focal point is Eagle Marsh, a 705-acre restored wetland near Fort Wayne that DNR staff identified as a possible pathway for Asian carp passage under certain flood conditions. The marsh is just north of Fox Island County Park near the intersection of Interstate 69 and U.S. 24.

Previously, officials had stated that other barriers were sufficient to keep the carp in check. The AP reports that the fencing should be in place by late summer.