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Reminder - Black Carp Bounty for Commercial Fishers

Ed Cross
Reminder - Black Carp Bounty for Commercial Fishers
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is encouraging commercial fishers in the state to report and turn in any specimens of invasive black carp captured in their nets in the Illinois River, or in the Illinois waters of the Mississippi, Ohio and Wabash rivers.  Commercial fishers can earn a bounty of $100 for black carp.  Sport fishers are unlikely to catch black carp.

Commercial fishers who capture black carp should call one of the phone numbers below during regular business hours, or report to your local natural resource agency. Fish should be held cold on ice (not alive) until passed to a natural resource agent.

Illinois DNR: 217-785-8772
Southern Illinois University: 618-453-6089
U.S. Geological Survey: 573-876-1866

For help in identifying black carp (which most closely resemble grass carp, another of the Asian carp species), click here for more information: 
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