Herald-News: Sanguinetti, Kinzinger, Foster to attend Asian carp fishing exhibition

JOLIET – Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti, U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, and Rep. Bill Foster, D-Naperville, will board fishing boats Monday to learn about how fishermen in Joliet inhibit the spread of the invasive Asian carp.

The three will participate in a fishing exhibition Monday at the Rock Run Rookery Preserve, or Dresden Island Pool, 23065 South Youngs Road in Joliet, according to a news release from Sanguinetti’s office.

Since 2012, in partnership with contracted-commercial fishermen, Illinois has removed more than 6.3 million pounds of the carp from the upper Illinois waterway, resulting in a 93 percent reduction of the fish in the Dresden Island Pool, the release stated.

For more than two decades, Illinois officials have also partnered with local, state, federal and international partners to keep the fish from establishing a breeding population in the Great Lakes.

Those efforts have kept the leading edge of Asian carp migration the same place it has been since 1990 – in the Dresden Island Pool – more than 47 miles from Lake Michigan, according to the release.

The group also will hear about the Illinois 
Department of Natural Resources’ successes in preventing the spread of the carp in the Illinois River.

 

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