Asian carp netting

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources opened up their Asian carp eradication efforts on Kentucky Lake to the media today. Nets that will be placed in the water to corral the fish are shown in the foreground as members of the media load onto a boat for a closer look at the so-called modified unified method of eradicating the invasive species.

Researchers are optimistic a new twist on a fishing technique used to remove large numbers of Asian carp overseas will produce similar results this month at Kentucky Lake.

The technique, developed by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), is called the modified unified method. It involves setting a series of large nets and driving the invasive fish into a small area before removing them from the water.

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is working with the USGS to test the experimental mass-harvest method at Kentucky Lake. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, Tennessee Valley Authority, as well as other state fish and wildlife agencies and local partners, also are involved in the project.

The research effort at Kentucky Lake started Monday on Smith Bay, where it continued today as KDFWR opened up the effort to the media for reports. Find more on the project critical to local tourism and commercial fishing in next week's edition of The Herald Ledger.