The Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee today released the 2013 Asian Carp Monitoring and Response Plan for Illinois waters. The plan lays out a variety of steps and actions to track, detect, and remove Asian carp from waterways in the upper Illinois River and Chicago-area waterways.

From the committee’s website:

“The 2013 MRP details over $6.5 million of monitoring, sampling and response activities to be conducted by multiple members of the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee. The plan outlines actions for the current (2013) field season focused on monitoring and removal of Asian carp in the Chicago Area Waterway System (CAWS) and upper Illinois Waterway; and on-going evaluations of the effectiveness of barriers and gears used in keeping Asian carp from establishing in the CAWS and Lake Michigan…

The 2013 plan continues intensive fish population sampling in the CAWS to watch closely for the potential presence of live Asian carp including two intense sampling events later this year. In 2012, over 100,000 fish were netted and identified with no Asian carp found between the electric barriers in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal and Lake Michigan. The 2013 plan also continues sampling for Asian carp environmental DNA (eDNA) as a monitoring and surveillance tool, however eDNA will no longer be used as a trigger for immediate rapid response actions until the scientific significance of results can be further refined.”

Follow the link above to read more about the plan, and to download the complete report for more details.