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6-wk search finds no Asian carp in Chicago waters



A six-week search has turned up no Asian carp in Chicago-area waterways beyond an electric barrier designed to keep the despised fish out of the Great Lakes.

Spokesman Chris McCloud of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources said Monday that biologists and commercial fishing teams have completed their search-and-destroy mission in a network of rivers and canals that open into Lake Michigan.

DNA from the invasive carp has been detected in the waterways. But McCloud said none of the actual fish were found during the extensive netting operation.

He says that suggests few if any of the unwanted carp have eluded the barrier.

Most of the Great Lakes states want shipping locks in the waterways closed because they fear the barrier isn't enough to protect the lakes.

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