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Wednesday, January 31 • 8:00am - 8:20am
SYMPOSIA-14: A Multi-Jurisdictional Approach to Asian Carp in the Upper Illinois River and Chicago Area Waterway System

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AUTHORS. Kevin Irons, Aquaculture and Aquatic Nuisance Species Program Manager, Illinois Department of Natural Resources

ABSTRACT. Agencies from bi-national, federal, state, provincial, local, and non-governmental agencies are collaborating in a state of the science approach to stop the advancement of an aquatic nuisance species. Bighead and silver carp have been spreading from the southern U.S. states and throughout the Mississippi River watershed (including the Missouri, Ohio, and Illinois rivers) since their introduction into the U.S. in the mid-1970s. Although monitoring and concerted state and local efforts were working on this issue, a concerted effort with national support began in 2010. The Asian carp Regional Coordinating Committee organized multi-jurisdictional agencies from NGO, local, state, and federal entities to manage these species spread, even to the point of including Canadian provincial and federal agencies. From multi-million dollar response efforts using pesticides to regimented monitoring and communication efforts, these groups are working together in unprecedented ways to prevent an aquatic nuisance species access to the next great ecosystem. This method may be providing a framework for responses in the natural resource world to be modeled and emulated. This framework embraces Incident command and rapid responses, coordinating funding and support, as well as managing time and schedules to achieve a focused research and management need. It also allows for a multi-disciplinary team to address engineering, safety, command, science, and management in a concerted effort. This talk will document the ongoing efforts and suggest this may change the way natural resources are managed as economically any one agency would struggle to do it all in the future.

Wednesday January 31, 2018 8:00am - 8:20am CST