Bioacoustics to Detect, Deter and Eliminate Silver Carp

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund
U of MN - Duluth
Recipient Type
Public College/University
In Progress
Start Date
July 2014
End Date
June 2018
Counties Affected
Project Overview

Silver carp are migrating north up the Mississippi River and pose threats to the native fish and aquatic ecosystems of Minnesota rivers and lakes where they can become established. Additionally, the unique jumping ability of silver carp also places recreational boaters in danger of being injured during collisions with airborne fish. However, it is believed that this jumping ability could potentially be exploited as a weakness to help detect, manage, and control silver carp populations. Researchers at the University of Minnesota – Duluth, in cooperation with the U.S. Geological Survey, are using this appropriation to develop bioacoustics technologies that use sound to stimulate silver carp jumping in order to assist with strategies for detection, capture, and deterrence.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2014, Chp. 226, Sec. 2, Subd. 04b
Appropriation Language

$262,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota-Duluth to develop bioacoustics technology for detection and early warning systems, capture and elimination methods, and deterrent systems for silver carp. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2017, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
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Number of full time equivalents funded
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Organization Name
U of MN - Duluth
Street Address
1035 Kirby Dr
Zip Code
(218) 726-7259
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