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UWSP professor to testify before Congress


STEVENS POINT (WAOW) -- A UW-Stevens Point professor will testify before Congress on how to stop Asian carp.

Dr. Michael Hansen, Professor of Fisheries, is chair of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission.

Hansen, along with other experts, will share their expertise next week with Congress.

Asian carp is an invasive species that can grow up to 100 pounds and four feet.

It eats massive amounts, and some fear the species will out-compete native fish in the Great Lakes for food.

"We don't know what the Asian carp could do, or what they will do, so obviously the best approach would be to prevent new species from entering because the consequences of those things are almost impossible to predict," says Hansen.

Last month, authorities found Asian carp DNA in Lake Michigan. That's led some officials to call for barriers to prevent the carp from entering Lake Michigan from nearby waterways.


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