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Fact Sheet 2013–3098

Asian Carp Behavior in Response to Static Water Gun Firing

By Megan J. Layhee, Jackson A. Gross, Michael J. Parsley, Jason G. Romine, David C. Glover, Cory D. Suski, Tristany L. Wagner, Adam J. Sepulveda, and Robert E. Gresswell

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The potential for invasion of Asian carp into the Great Lakes has ecological and socio-economic implications. If they become established, Asian carp are predicted to alter lake ecosystems and impact commercial and recreational fisheries. The Chicago Sanitary and Shipping Canal is an important biological conduit between the Mississippi River Basin, where invasive Asian carp are abundant, and the Great Lakes. Millions of dollars have been spent to erect an electric barrier defense in the canal to prevent movement of Asian carp into the Great Lakes, but the need for additional fish deterrent technologies to supplement the existing barrier is warranted. Scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center are examining seismic water gun technology, formerly used in oceanic oil exploration, as a fish deterrent. The goal of the current study is to employ telemetry and sonar monitoring equipment to assess the behavioral response of Asian carp to seismic water guns and the sound energy it generates.

First posted November 6, 2013

For additional information, contact:
Director, Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center
U.S. Geological Survey
2327 University Way, Suite 2
Bozeman, MT 59715

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Layhee, M.J., Gross, J.A., Parsley, M.J., Romine, J.G., Glover, D.C., Suski, C.D., Wagner, T.L., Sepulveda, A.J., and Gresswell, R.E., 2013, Asian carp behavior in response to static water gun firing: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2013–3098, 4 p.,



Asian Carp in the United States

Great Lakes Electrical Barrier Defense

Alternative Fish Deterrents—Seismic Water Guns

Study Approach

Expected Outcomes of Water Gun Experiment

References Cited

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