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Anti-carp effort starts on Mississippi River

Published 3:06pm Saturday, August 2, 2014

GENOA, Wis. — A project involving an experimental underwater speaker system designed to repel invasive Asian carp has started at a lock on the Mississippi River near Genoa.

Reports said University of Minnesota researcher Peter Sorensen and his team from the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Center have been raising funds for the project since April. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has granted permission for the project, which uses sounds to drive away Asian carp.

But at least one business owner is concerned. Mark Clements operates Clements Fishing Barge. He fears the sounds emitted will impede the migration of native fish species.

Sorensen has previously said that his experiment will not affect native fish.

Project leaders are expected to provide more details about the effort Monday.