Video shows how Asian carp hurt boating, fishing and businesses

A Minnesota television reporter traveled to America’s “Asian carp capital” to find out how the invasive fish have harmed recreation and economies along the Illinois River.




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Silver carp leaping out of the water
Silver carp leaping out of the water (Photo courtesy Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee )

A recent segment by Channel 5 News showed a scary picture of what could be in store for the St. Croix River if invasive Asian carp become more prevalent. Another carp was found at Prescott in April, and a public forum to discuss the issue is scheduled for next Wednesday in Stillwater.

Reporter Bill Lunn recently traveled to the Illinois River, near Peoria, the “Asian carp capital,” to experience first-hand the carp problem, and to talk with area anglers, business-owners and boaters about what effects the carp have had on their lives and livelihoods.

The reported impacts are devastating. One marina owner said people have just stopped coming, as nobody wants to get hit by one of the leaping fish. A study in the region found that 33 percent of boats have been damaged by carp and 47 of boaters have been hit by flying carp.

Asian Carp and the St. Croix River

Public forum sponsored by the St. Croix River Association
7 p.m., Wednesday, May 16
Water Street Inn, 101 Water Street South, Stillwater, MN
For More Information: 715-483-3300 or

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