Scaling Up Carp Management Through Automation and Citizen Science
Join us November 30, 2021 at 1:00 pm CST for the next in our Aquatic Invasive Species Webinar Series!
Common carp are one of the most widespread and invasive fish globally. While the science on the impacts of carp on ecosystems has advanced considerably, methods for carp management lagged. In this talk I will present two new technologies we developed for carp management: automated net systems that exploit carp’s social feeding behaviors in the summer, and electric barrier and conveyer systems that remove carp during spawning migrations in the spring. In each case I will present results from whole-lake experiments to document efficiency and selectivity of these methods. I will also explain how local communities, governments and industries can be involved to partner in these management approaches. Future directions in carp management will also be discussed, including efforts that could further reduce the cost and increase sustainability of carp management.
About our speaker: Przemek Bajer is a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota/MAISRC. For the past 15 years he has been working on various aspects of common carp ecology and management in Minnesota and elsewhere and has contributed to the development of several novel management strategies for carp. He is also the owner and founder of Carp Solutions, a company that specializes in carp assessment and management.