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‘Shocking’ boat used in Kentucky to stun Asian carp in effort to stud invasive species
Video shows hundreds of Asian carp jumping out of the water - Insider
Asian carp are a serious problem, and Kentucky is getting creative in dealing with the invasive species. To show how bad the issue is, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources used "shocking" boats to stun the carp so they'd float to the surface and could be collected and measured. Video shows countless fish leaping after the boat sent an electrical current through the water at Barkley Dam on Tuesday. Stunning fish with electricity is a common practice when it comes to counting the population or tagging them, the department explained. The stunning does not kill the fish, only temporarily shocks them so they can be counted or caught. We collect and try to distribute to them to buyers," said Ron Brooks, the department's fisheries division director. These carp were stunned, harvested and sold to buyers who make fertilizer, fish bait and even food products for humans.
Red triangles indicate occurrences from through The distribution in Kentucky has expanded in recent years. As of , both bighead and silver carp occur commonly in the Mississippi River and the Ohio River up into the Meldahl pool. Bighead carp have been reported all of the way up into the Greenup pool.
The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources demonstrated just how infested their waters are with Asian carp in a video posted to their Facebook page on Wednesday. The video shows hundreds of Asian carp jumping out of the water when a research boat sends an electric current through the water to stun the fish. On Facebook, the government agency explains that the fish were not killed and were being collected for a study.