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Asian carp have been making their way up the Mississippi River system for years after escaping from fish farms and wastewater treatment ponds in the southern U.S.They’re knocking on the door of the Great Lakes, and a number of people are concerned about what could happen if carp become established in the region.In this five-part series, we’ll take a look at what officials are trying to do to keep the fish out, what might happen if carp get in, and why some people want to turn carp into a business opportunity.

VIDEO: An 'apex hunter' rides to the rescue in Asian carp battle

A Carp Hunter in action near Peoria, IL.
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Shark Week, schmark week.

It's Asian Carp Week here at Michigan Radio!

All week long, The Environment Report has been bringing us stories about Asian Carp & the Great Lakes.

We're heard about hydrologic separation, electric barriers, and chain-link fences as ways of keeping the carp out of the Great Lakes.

But we've overlooked one important predator, and we bring it to you now.

The Peoria Carp Hunters are out on the Illinois River and its tributaries doing battle with Silver Carp.

We can all rest easy now.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hN2gMP3Q2Z4

Mark Brush was Michigan Radio’s Digital Media Director. He succumbed to a year-long battle with glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer, in March 2018. He was 49 years old.
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