COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State officials say a search of three Ohio rivers found no invasive silver or bighead Asian carp
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service deployed electrofishing crews to search for live Asian carp after water samples from the Muskingum River showed traces of the invasive species.
Officials say crews sampled 125 sites in June along the Muskingum River and portions of the Tuscarawas and Walhonding rivers.
The Asian carp monitoring in the Muskingum River is taking place because of two direct water connections to Lake Erie that have been identified as potential aquatic pathways between the Mississippi-Ohio River and Lake Erie-Great Lakes basins.
Invasive carp pose a threat to local ecosystems and to Lake Erie's $1 billion-a-year fishing industry and $10 billion-a-year tourism industry.