BOWLING GREEN, Ky. —
Mitch McConnell announced on July 11 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agreed to deploy the “Unified Method” in an effort to remove Asian Carp from Kentucky’s waterways.
The “Unified Method” gathers the Asian Carp in one area by using electronic technology, then the fish are extracted from the water with specialized netting.
"With coordination among several agencies at all levels, we can help protect Kentucky’s treasured waters, support our boaters and anglers, and bolster Western Kentucky’s $1.2 billion fishing economy,” said Senator McConnell.
After approving his request, USFW Service Deputy Director Principle Margaret Everson brought attention to Senator McConnell's leadership in handling the Asian Carp migration.
“The Service is working with its partners, including the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR), to prevent continued Asian Carp migration. Thank you for your continued leadership and support for collaborative efforts to address the threat of Asian carp in our Nation’s waters," Director Everson said.
By recognizing the invasive species as a problem, and obtaining the appropriate measures for removing Asian Carp, the “Unified Method” will truly make an impact on the species.
Lyon County Judge Wade White was grateful for McConnell’s assistance and is looking forward to the new future of Kentucky’s waterways.
"If it weren't for the guidance and assistance we received from Senator McConnell, this never would have happened. I'm looking forward to seeing the impact this method can make and appreciate the attention and real solutions Majority Leader McConnell has brought to the Asian Carp crisis,” White said.