The Minnesota DNR has implanted a modest tracking device in a silver carp captured on the St. Croix River Tuesday. This is the initially time the DNR has tagged a silver carp, an invasive species that competes with native species for meals.
The tagged silver carp will present the DNR with worthwhile information on the movement and habits of this invasive species in the river program. The capture and tagging of the carp was a direct outcome of the DNR’s tracking of a previously tagged bighead carp.
The DNR and a contracted industrial fishing small business have been tracking and attempting to net the tagged bighead carp Tuesday when they captured the silver carp two miles south of the I-94 bridge more than the St. Croix River.
“We anticipate this tagged silver carp to present valuable details about the species’ habits, as has been the case with the previously tagged bighead carp,” stated DNR invasive fish coordinator Nick Frohnauer. “Since carp have a tendency to congregate, we’re also hopeful that the tagged silver carp will lead us to any other person invasive carp that may possibly be in the region, just as the tagged bighead carp has.” The tagged bighead carp has led to 4 invasive carp discoveries this year and two final year.