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Continued: Dennis Anderson: It's Carp Wars as Minnesota takes on Asian carp

  • Article by: DENNIS ANDERSON , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 17, 2014 - 9:11 PM

Dennis Anderson • danderson@startribune.com

 

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  • Prof. Peter Sorensen at the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Research Center on the U’s St. Paul campus. Sorensen came to the university in 1988 and specializes in carp behavior. He proposed the center to the Legislature, which allotted initial funding in 2012. The bonding bill expected to pass the Legislature in the session just ending will help rebuild the center’s antiquated laboratory.

  • Two bighead carp fed on planktonic algae at the research center. The microscopic food couldn’t be eaten by game fish such as walleyes, but the food-processing capabilities of Asian carp allow them to survive on similar food in the wild, thereby attacking an entire food chain.

  • A 1-year-old bighead carp, a member of an invasive species Minnesota doesn’t want in its waters.

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