Electric Fish Barrier

Further evidence supports need for electric fish barrier

By admin | April 6, 2012

The discovery of additional silver carp and big head carp in East Lake Okoboji this week is further evidence supporting the need for an electric fish barrier. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issued a news release on Wednesday stating that a commercial fishing company caught 55 silver carp and 82 big head carp in … Read more…

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Please contact your legislators

By admin | March 23, 2012

We need friends of the lakes to contact their Iowa Representatives to encourage them to support a $200K appropriation for the electric fish barrier in SF-2316 that has already been approved by the Senate. The lakes area legislators – Senator David Johnson along with Representative Jeff Smith and John Wittneben – fully support an appropriation, … Read more…

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Supervisors approve funds for fish barrier

By admin | March 21, 2012

(From Explore Okoboji – March 20, 2012 – Spirit Lake)– The Dickinson county board of supervisors voted four-to-one in favor of the county contributing $50,000 toward the estimated $700,000 total cost of installing an electric fish barrier on or near the weir at the Lower Gar Outlet. Proponents of the project say it would hopefully … Read more…

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DNR considers installing electric fish barrier

By admin | January 19, 2012

Officials throughout Dickinson County have focused on efforts to stop zebra mussels from entering the Iowa Great Lakes. Now, a new threat has spawned and water protection groups are trying to prevent the invasion of another aquatic invasive species.

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Media outlets give more attention to Asian Carp problem

By admin | January 13, 2012

With Asian Carp creeping through the Midwest, media outlets throughout the region are covering the epidemic. Click here to see a recent magazine article by Chicago Magazine. The Omaha World Herald also recently ran an article on the invasive species. Click here to read the article from the Herald.

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Silver Carp Found In Lost Island Lake

By admin | December 3, 2011

An invasive species of carp continues its spread to northwest Iowa lakes. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says Silver Carp are now in Lost Island Lake. State fisheries experts confirmed the presence after a commercial fisherman collected several while seining the lake for common carp and buffalo carp. DNR Fisheries Biologist Mike Hawkins says … Read more…

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Water Safety & AIS Update

By admin | November 5, 2011

By Phil Petersen Live and learn can best describe our water safety and fighting Aquatic Invasive Species activity this summer. In the spring we learned that the State Game and Fish Protection Fund that holds our Boat Registration user fees had a $38.7M spending cap. While this legislature spending cap had never come into play … Read more…

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DNR: An Aquatic Invasive Species Has Found Its Way Into The Iowa Great Lakes

By admin | August 9, 2011

BigHead Carp Caught in East Okoboji Lake Tuesday August 9, 2011 The DNR issued this news release on Tuesday SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has verified the presence of bighead carp in East Okoboji Lake after two fish were collected Tuesday during the DNR’s annual fish sampling effort. Bighead carp, … Read more…

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A Threat Hard to Imagine

By admin | June 24, 2010

By Phil Petersen It is hard to imagine a biological threat to the Iowa Great Lakes so damaging that modern science couldn’t fix.  That is the situation we face with Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS).  These invaders can sneak in silently and immediately begin to take over.  They have no native enemies and can grow very rapidly.  … Read more…

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