Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center (MAISRC)
Paper linking carp control, water quality and nutrient cycling in lakes published
MAISRC researchers Dr. Przemyslaw Bajer and Dr. Peter Sorensen have published a paper on the effects of common carp on water quality, vegetation density and nutrient cycling in Lake Susan, which is part of the Riley Purgatory Bluff Creek Chain of Lakes in Hennepin County, Minnesota. It is one of few studies worldwide where carp have been selectively removed from an entire lake to more directly determine their effects on lake ecology over a several-year period. It shows that while the effects on vegetation and water clarity are pronounced, the role of carp in phosphorus cycling of stratified lakes may be subtler than previously suggested. The paper, published in the international journal Hydrobiologia, can be found here.
Dr. Daniel Zielinski and Dr. Sorensen have published a paper documenting a 75–85% success rate of bubble curtains in inhibiting movement of common carp. A link to the paper, which was published in the journal Environmental Engineering can be found here.
A paper by MAISRC researcher Dr. Nicholas Phelps entitled “Risk-Based Management of Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia Virus in Minnesota” has been published in the North American Journal of Fisheries Management and can be found here.