Minnesota researchers have figured out how to stop Asian Carp by exploiting their sensitivity to sound.
Two months ago, Asian carp eggs were discovered in the upper Mississippi River just south of the Minnesota border. If the invasive fish press further north, it’s only a matter of time before they destroy the state’s ecosystems and fishing industry.
Researchers at Minnesota’s Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center may have found the solution. They’re developing underwater speakers that ward off Asian carp by blasting loud sounds into the water. The project’s lead researcher, Dr. Peter Sorenson, said that, unlike other fish, Asian carp are particularly sensitive to sound.
“Most fish are kind of tone deaf, but these carps have an excellent sense of hearing,” Sorenson told WCCO. “They are also rather intelligent and high-strung, so they spook easily.”
Sorenson and his team are in a race against time to install the speakers in a key section of the Mississippi River. But is it too late?
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