McConnell, Ky. gov watch massive Asian carp roundup

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GRAND RIVERS, Ky. (AP) – Wildlife officials are completing a massive harvest of invasive Asian carp from Kentucky Lake.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was on hand Monday to witness the experimental roundup that fisheries officials say could be the first of many.

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The roundup mainly targets bighead and silver carp. Those are two of the four invasive carp species collectively known as Asian carp in the U.S.

Both bighead and silver carp devour plankton that form the base of the food chains.

The Associated Press found that state and federal agencies together have spent roughly $607 million to stop Asian carp since 2004.

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Bobbi McSwine joined the ABC 36 News Team in March 2020. She started as a Web Content Producer in November 2019. She was born and raised in Chicago, IL, known to many as the “Windy City.” She studied journalism at the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign. While in school, she had a number of internships ranging from Free Spirit Media, ABC 7 Chicago and Illinois Public Media. She fell in love with writing in high school and paired that with a newfound passion for storytelling in college. She misses her hometown, but she loves the horses and rich history in Lexington. When she’s not working, she’s probably listening to music or binge-watching Netflix. She’s always looking to get to know more people in Central Kentucky, so feel free to shoot her a message on Facebook @BobbiWTVQ, follow her on Twitter @McSwineB_News, or send her an email at bmcswine@wtvq.com.