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Published December 14, 2011, 07:02 PM

Local groups trying to stop spread of Asian Carp

Minnesota (WDAY TV) - More than a dozen groups are asking the Army Corps to keep locks on the Mississippi River in Minnesota close to help fight the spread of Asian Carp.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

More than a dozen groups are asking the Army Corps to keep locks on the Mississippi River in Minnesota close to help fight the spread of Asian Carp. This video is from a river in Indiana. The fish, which are famous for flying, can completely take over a body of water. Once established, they're virtually impossible to get rid of. By closing the locks it's hoped the fish won't move any further upstream.

Here along the Red River we're a little safer. The Red is not connected to the Mississippi, but we're not completely immune.

Robert Backman – River Keepers: “Small Asian carp look a lot like the minnows we all use for bait and that's why it is the law, all bait must not be dumped back into the river or into the lake and it must not be dumped on the ground.”

DNA tests last week showed Asian carp had moved as far north as Coon Rapids in the Mississippi.

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