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DNR says 4 invasive carp have been confirmed in Minnesota waters

DNR says 4 invasive carp have been confirmed in Minnesota waters Photo: Minnesota DNR

June 21, 2019 10:53 AM

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says four invasive carp have been confirmed in the state's waters.

A release Friday said the DNR has confirmed the capture of a bighead carp, two silver carp and the detection of a third, tagged silver carp - all within the past several weeks.

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The bighead carp was captured at the Xcel Energy King Power Plant in Oak Park Heights. All of the silver carp were located in Pool 4 of the Mississippi River between Red Wing and Wabasha.

“The DNR has confirmed between two and seven individual invasive carp captures each spring since 2013,” DNR invasive fish coordinator Nick Frohnauer said in a statement contained in the release.

“It is unusual that several of a single species would be captured in a short span of time. But, given the persistent high water this spring, this is not a surprise.”

The release said high water levels in southern Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois this spring have created "open river" conditions on the Mississippi, allowing fish to "move upriver unimpeded by locks and dams."

The release said these large fish are a threat to rivers and lakes because they compete with native species. No breeding populations have yet been detected in Minnesota waters.

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