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New sonic speaker system to deter Asian carp now being tested in Mississippi River

GENOA, Wis. (WSAU-Wheeler News) -- Researchers at the University of Minnesota are conducting an experiment on the Mississippi River near Genoa to see if an underwater speaker system could possibly repel the invasive Asian carp.

The U-S Army Corps of Engineers has cleared the way for the study at a lock on the river. The owner of a fishing business nearby has voiced concerns the sounds from the speakers might affect the migration of native fish species. The owner of Clements Fishing Barge says that could mean millions of dollars in lost business. One expert with the D-N-R says it may be too late.

Asian carp have been caught near the mouth of the St. Croix River and the high-water conditions earlier this summer may have helped them migrate north.