Watch Wildlife Workers Electrocute a Huge School of Asian Carp [VIDEO]

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The Asian carp problem is out of control, so Kentucky Wildlife Officers are resorting to drastic means to curtail the invasive species.

In today’s video, Kentuck Department of Fish and Wildlife officers at Barkley Dam used shocking boats to stun the carp so they’ll float to the surface—where they can be collected, measured, and then sold to buyers.

This is a huge school of carp, but it’s not uncommon to see so many in Lake Barkley, where the problem is especially bad.

 

 

The carp are sensitive to noise and vibration, so the electrical current causes them to jump out of the water. Some can jump as high as 10 feet—often damaging boats and electronics and injuring boaters in the process.

The harvested fish are sold to potential buyers who use the carp to make fertilizer, bait, and even food products.

The effort is part of a joint program between Kentucky and Tennessee to save lake tourism by removing large amounts of the invasive fish at once. For now, the program will focus on Kentucky Lake and Barkley Lake—two of the most important tourism destinations in the state.

One idea is to use a “bio-acoustic” fish fence that utilizes bubbles to redirect the carp to other areas, as they are sensitive to underwater noise. If the fence works, you can expect other states to try the same thing.

Let’s hope it works.

 

 

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