Electro-fishing boats show dangerous Asian carp population growth
WEST FELICIANA PARISH – There's a threat lurking in freshwater rivers from West Feliciana Parish all the way to the coast.
Asian Carp, an invasive species, are taking over, outnumbering native fish. It doesn't take long for boaters to notice the fish. They fling themselves into the air.
“They do injure boaters and damage equipment and they're definitely a public safety hazard,” said Tim Ruth, a Wildlife and Fisheries biologist.
Wildlife and Fisheries agents are now taking extreme measures to track how bad the problem is with the use of electro-fishing boats.
“It's going to produce a current that will go out of the boat and loops. The current will travel from the water to the fish tissue and basically cause a convulsion in the fish,” said Ruth.
This causes the fish to jump into the air, and they're not small.
“We see them 40, 60 pounds,” said Ruth.
The fish came from up north, where the invasion is a lot more serious than it is here. But, the fear is it could get to that point.
“If you came here 30 years ago, 45 years ago you would see more buffalo and paddlefish. Today we are likely to only see silver carp,” said Ruth.
Wildlife and Fisheries know this is an issue, possibly one without a long term solution.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
Man takes plea deal in 2015 killing of girlfriend's childhood abuser
Governor reissues mask mandate amid latest COVID surge
Mother and daughter shot during man's deadly rampage Sunday have 'long road...
Livingston leaders look into safety measures after another weekend of Tiki Tubing...
Baton Rouge man left with bills, after inmate escapes and breaks into...
LSU QB Myles Brennan suffered 'severe' injury to his left arm; unclear...
Angelo Izzard leading Southern Lab by example
Full interview with Brent Zwerneman of the Houston Chronicle on Texas &...
Sports2-a-Days Preview: Dutchtown Griffins
Southeastern unveils three new logos in latest rebranding effort