Wednesday, July 24, 2013

2013 Asian Carp Control Strategy Framework

Jul 24: The Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee (ACRCC) release its updated version of the Asian Carp Control Strategy Framework [See WIMS 2/24/12]. According to a release, the Administration has invested more than $200 million dollars to protect the Great Lakes from Asian carp and created the ACRCC in 2009 in an unprecedented and effective effort to coordinate Federal, State and local efforts to combat the invasive species. John Goss, Asian Carp Director at the White House Council on Environmental Quality said, "This strategy continues our aggressive effort to bolster our tools to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes while we work toward a long term solution. The 2013 Framework will strengthen our defenses against Asian carp and move innovative carp control projects from research to field trials to implementation." The ACRCC has specified the following actions within the 2013 Framework:
  • Provide a sound strategy for addressing the threat of an Asian carp invasion into the Great Lakes such that the Framework continues to provide direction to participating agencies and to provide modes of actions to reduce threats and identify areas of possible future
  • mitigation of Asian carp population expansion.
  • Identify an array of alternatives through the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study (GLMRIS) to prevent spread of aquatic nuisance species between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins.
  • Identify efforts that supplement direct management action, such as education and outreach, or increased regulatory structure.
  • Develop an effective and fiscally sustainable Asian carp control program throughout the Great Lakes Basin.
  • Increase program sustainability through Framework action items such as robust control and removal efforts, and novel technology to detect and/or remove existing populations; and improve accuracy of known extent of Asian carp populations (including Dual-Frequency Identification Sonar [DIDSON], hydro-acoustic, and other remote sensing technologies). Other mitigating action items contribute to the program base and can be implemented if an emergency arisesincluding rotenone stockpiling, net development, and advanced fishing strategies. Further development of biological control agents will help to eradicate novel populations where they arise or to deplete existing stocks.
  • Identify ongoing or potential collaboration among ACRCC entities, and specify partner roles.
  • Document, track, and communicate actions of ACRCC partners in applying full authorities, capabilities, and resources to prevent introduction and establishment of Asian carp in the Great Lakes.
  • Further engage with governmental, industrial, environmental, and other stakeholders.
  • Initiate development of a strategy for transferring technology, decision support tools, and/or information to resource managers.
  • Apply technologies and lessons learned to areas below the electric dispersal barriers and to concurrent national Asian carp efforts, where applicable.
  • Build upon developed collaborative roles in the Great Lakes Basin to fully prepare for other basin-wide efforts as these arise.
    According to the report, "This Framework is a product of the best science available. Widespread agreement exists among scientists and stakeholders that prevention measures are critical to avoid the potential economic, environmental, and social costs associated with Asian carp establishment in the Great Lakes."
    Access a release from ACRCC (click here). Access the complete 200-page 2013 Framework document (click here). Access the ACRCC website for more information (click here). [#GLakes]

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