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DNR Working With Multiple Agencies To Remove Invasive Carp From Mississippi River

DNR Working With Multiple Agencies To Remove Invasive Carp From Mississippi River

intensive invasive carp removal effort in Pool 8 of the Mississippi River near La Crosse beginning April 5

MADISON, WISCONSIN  ~~~~~~  March 25, 2021  (LSN)  The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and neighboring state and federal agencies will conduct an intensive invasive carp removal effort in Pool 8 of the Mississippi River near La Crosse beginning April 5. The innovative Modified Unified Method (MUM) combines netting and herding techniques to drive and concentrate invasive carp from a large area of water into a small zone for removal.

This is the first time MUM has been used in Wisconsin or Minnesota waters, including the first time it has been used anywhere across the country as an early detection and rapid response technique. The DNR is working with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR), which is leading the operation, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

This MUM exercise is part of a response to 39 silver carp and 12 grass carp that were captured in Pool 8 in March 2020. The goal is to remove invasive carp present in Pool 8, curb the potential for invasive carp reproduction and to prevent their establishment in the Upper Mississippi River Basin. The operation will also yield more detailed information about any current invasive carp presence in Pool 8.

“Our expectation is that this innovative and aggressive approach will not only remove invasive carp from this area, but also help develop the technique for early detection and rapid response to any new invasions,” said Carli Wagner, MNDNR Invasive Species Specialist. “Through this highly collaborative joint operation, we’re filling a gap in the toolbox for invasive carp response efforts.”

This thorough search and removal effort will last seven to 10 days. Progressive areas of Pool 8 will be closed for one to three days during this time, temporarily suspending commercial fishing and recreational use of portions of Pool 8. The operation will pause Saturday and Sunday due to typically higher weekend boat traffic.

“We’ve been contacting commercial fishing operations and others who might be affected, with the mutual understanding that this temporary inconvenience will provide long-term benefits to the watershed, native species, commercial and recreational fishing, businesses and others in this part of the Mississippi River,” said Ben Larson, MNDNR Invasive Carp Field Lead.

In the Modified Unified Method developed by the USGS, block nets are used to create compartments or “cells” from which the fish can be driven. The USGS then uses electrofishing boats and boats outfitted with underwater speakers to herd carp from each cell. When a cell is cleared, another net is used to close the cell and prevent the fish from returning. This process is repeated one cell at a time, gradually reducing the area available to the carp and concentrating the fish into a harvest removal area, where a large commercial seine will be used to draw out the congregated fish. Native fish do not seem to respond in the same way, preferring to hide, rather than run, from the sound stimulus.

Five invasive carp previously tagged with acoustic transmitters will complement this effort by increasing effectiveness at targeting fish in Pool 8 and providing insights into their movements and other behaviors.

The DNR and other agencies will report the results when the operation and follow-up analyses are complete.

Do your part to help prevent the spread of invasive aquatic species. Invasive carp captures must be reported to the DNR immediately. If you believe you have captured an invasive carp, please put it on ice and send a picture of the carp to Jordan Weeks, DNR Mississippi River Fisheries Biologist, at Jordan.Weeks@wisconsin.gov or 608-386-0970.

More information about invasive carp is available on the DNR's invasive carp webpage.

Photo Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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    NORTHERN, WISCONSIN  ~~~~~~April 26, 2021   (LSN)  The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds the public that off-highway motorcycle trail passes are now available for non-residents to purchase.

    Until now, non-residents needed to register their off-highway motorcycle (OHM) in Wisconsin to operate on trails or other publicly established corridors.

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    SUPERIOR, WISCONSIN   ~~~~~~~   May 11, 2021  (LSN)  The first group of student interns in the new Superior program, Project SEARCH, will be graduating Friday, June 4th and setting forth into the work world. We will have a short ceremony to recognize all the hard work and achievements the interns have put in this year, as well as recognition for the businesses of Superior who partnered with us. After the ceremony, a lunch will be provided for family, friends, and partners to enjoy the last day of the program, until next year.

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graduating Friday, June 4th

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SUPERIOR, WISCONSIN   ~~~~~~~   May 11, 2021  (LSN)  The first group of student interns in the new Superior program, Project SEARCH, will be graduating Friday, June 4th and setting forth into the work world. We will have a short ceremony to recognize all the hard work and achievements the interns have put in this year, as well as recognition for the businesses of Superior who partnered with us. After the ceremony, a lunch will be provided for family, friends, and partners to enjoy the last day of the program, until next year.

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Off-Highway Motorcycle Trail Passes

For Non-Residents Wisconsin DNR

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NORTHERN, WISCONSIN  ~~~~~~April 26, 2021   (LSN)  The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds the public that off-highway motorcycle trail passes are now available for non-residents to purchase.

Until now, non-residents needed to register their off-highway motorcycle (OHM) in Wisconsin to operate on trails or other publicly established corridors.

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Get Ready To Fish!

May 1 marks opening day in Wisconsin

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MADISON, WISCONSIN  ~~~~~~  April 23, 2021  (LSN)  May 1 marks opening day for many Wisconsin fishing seasons!

Our state's unique mix of lakes, streams and rivers combined with easy fishing access and the potential for large fish make it one of the top fishing destinations in the nation.

Share the water, take someone fishing and make memories one fish at a time. 

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Wisconsin State Park System Updates

49 state parks, more than 500 boat launches, 15 state forests, 44 state trails, over 5,000 campsites

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Northern Wisconsin  ~~~~~~  April 16, 2021  (LSN)   With 49 state parks, more than 500 boat launches, 15 state forests, 44 state trails, over 5,000 campsites and much more – your springtime adventure awaits.

As we usher in a new season, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has several operations updates on State Parks and other DNR-managed lands outlined below.

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Famous Soo Locks Boat Tours Sails into 62nd Season

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SAULT STE MARIE, MICHIGAN   ~~~~~~  April 12, 2021  (LSN)  Famous Soo Locks Boat Tours is pleased to announce new changes for its 62nd season. Starting May 15, passengers can board the iconic yellow and blue tour boats for a 90-minute tour through the Soo Locks to enjoy highlights of the American and Canadian shorelines.

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Chippewa County Health Department vaccinating crew members on the Great Lakes’ area ships

Lake Carriers’ Association and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

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CHIPPEWA COUNTY, MICHIGAN  ~~~~~~  April 9, 2021  (LSN)  This past week Chippewa County Health Department (CCHD) was approached by the Lake Carriers’ Association and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to collaborate on vaccinating crew members on the Great Lakes’ area ships. Since that proposal which was presented on Monday, CCHD staff will have vaccinated approximately 50 crew members on five ships with additional crew members to be vaccinated next week. The crews are receiving Johnson & Johnson vaccine and second dose Moderna vaccine.

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War Memorial Hospital Installs Stop the Bleed Kits

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SAULT STE MARIE, MICHIGAN  ~~~~~~   April 7, 2021  (LSN)  The War Memorial has installed bleeding control kits throughout the hospital and at offsite clinic locations. Each kit contains resources to stop or control bleeding such as tourniquets, trauma bandages, gauze, shears, an emergency blanket, and personal protective equipment.

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COVID-19 V SARS-CoV-2 Variant B.1.1.7 Identified in Chippewa County

14- day quarantine versus the 10-day quarantine.

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CHIPPEWA COUNTY, MICHIGAN   ~~~~~~  April 6, 2021 (LSN)   The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) notified Chippewa County Health Department (CCHD) that the MDHHS Bureau of Laboratories identified the COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7 in two Chippewa County residents.

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2021 Spring Turkey Season Opener April 21

Bonus Harvest Authorizations Still Available For Several Periods And Zones

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NORTHERN, WISCONSIN  ~~~~~  April 6, 2021  (LSN)  The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is reminding Wisconsinites to get ready for the upcoming 2021 spring turkey hunt happening April 21 - June 1.

The 2021 spring turkey hunt includes six, seven-day periods running Wednesday through the following Tuesday. Each of the DNR’s seven turkey management zones will be open for hunting.

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Governor Signs Emergency Order Elevated Fire Risk Across Wisconsin

Wisconsin DNR fire crews fighting a wildfire in Menomonee Falls Friday

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MADISON, WISCONSIN ~~~~~~  April 5, 2021  (LSN)  Gov. Tony Evers today signed Executive Order #110 declaring a State of Emergency in response to elevated wildfire conditions throughout Wisconsin.

Today, all of Wisconsin is at very high fire danger. The combination of dry vegetation, unseasonably warm temperatures, low relative humidity and increasing south or southeast winds will lead to continued elevated fire weather conditions. 

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