TRAVERSE CITY, Mich.- The state of Michigan has declared a win in its competition to detect new ideas for preventing Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes.
The top awarding of $200,000 in the “Carp Tank” competition goes to Edem Tsikata, a software consultant at Harvard Medical School in Boston.
He proposed use specially designed propellers to generate a wall of bubbles that the fish would find noisy and painful, causing them to turn away.
Tsikata suggested installing the mechanism on a carp-infested Illinois river that could offer a pathway to Lake Michigan.
Three other proposals also received cash awards.
Scientists say if Asian carp become established in the Great Lakes, they could out-compete native species. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is considering stepped-up defenses at an Illinois navigation lock.
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