DNR Takes Action on Asian Carp
Invasive Asian carp, large, plankton-feeding fish moving northward in the Mississippi River, pose a threat to Minnesota’s rivers and lakes. While no breeding populations have been detected in Minnesota waters of the Mississippi, individual fish have been caught near the Twin Cities and in the St. Croix River.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has been working to slow the spread of Asian carp since the early 2000s, but began a renewed effort starting in 2011 under the direction and leadership of Gov. Mark Dayton and DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr. By working with partner agencies, conservation groups and federal officials, the DNR hopes to stop or significantly slow the proliferation of Asian carp in Minnesota waters.
What are Asian carp?
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Plans and studies
- The Minnesota Barrier Assessment Study – Asian Carp Migration Potential - Nov. 2013
- New tests show little DNA evidence of Asian carp in Mississippi and St. Croix rivers Apr. 2013
- Asian Carp Action Plan by the Asian Carp Task Force - Nov. 2011
- Gov. Dayton's action plan
- Preventing the Introduction of Asian Carp into Minnesota
- Study: Water Recreation Economy at Risk from the Potential Spread of Asian Carp in Minnesota
- Study: eDNA Surveillance of Asian Carp on the St. Croix and Mississippi River
Frequently asked questions
- Bighead and silver carp - Invasive aquatic animals
- Aquatic Invasive Species in Minnesota
- MinnAqua Species Profile: Close Up on the Silver "Jumping" Carp
- Lake City Fisheries: Mississippi River information
Asian carp search
eDNA testing news conference