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Don Davis, Forum News Service, Published February 20 2013

Carp fighters in Minn. hook invasion solutions

ST. PAUL – Minnesotans fighting Asian carp think they may have temporary and permanent ways to slow the advance of the voracious eater.

Organizations at a Wednesday Asian carp summit hosted by Gov. Mark Dayton and U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar agreed they would try to convince boaters to stop using a Mississippi River lock in Minneapolis so it can remain closed and act as a barrier to fish that can eat so much food that they push out native species.

For the long-term solution, the state Department of Natural Resources will spend $500,000 to study whether an electric barrier would be effective. That could not be installed until next year, at the earliest.