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Invasive Carp Regional Coordinating Committee Releases 2024 Invasive Carp Action Plan

Invasive Carp Regional Coordinating Committee logo.
Invasive Carp Regional Coordinating Committee logo.

To support the ongoing battle to reduce the destructiveness of invasive carp and the threats they pose to the Great Lakes, the Invasive Carp Regional Coordinating Committee today announced the release of its annual Invasive Carp Action Plan for 2024. Species addressed through the Action Plan include bighead carp, silver carp, grass carp and black carp.

This year, 45 collaborative projects are being supported through $47.4 million, including $26.4 million in agency funding and $21.0 million through the GLRI. Work conducted through the Action Plan helps protect the Great Lakes recreational and commercial fishery which is valued at almost $7 billion annually.

The 2024 Action Plan projects are focused on:

  • Preventing the introduction of silver carp and bighead carp into the Great Lakes.
  • Developing hydrologic barriers to block other potential migration pathways into the Great Lakes.
  • Preventing grass carp from becoming established in the Great Lakes.
  • Assessing black carp to inform new management strategies, with a focus on the lower Illinois River.
  • Interagency information-sharing and coordination on project progress, emerging needs and preparedness planning. 

Read the full announcement.