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Monday, April 21, 2014: The Irony of Carp with Brian Ickes

The Irony of Carp

A River Life Program panel discussion with Brian Ickes, Research Ecologist, US Geological Survey.

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2014.4.21 Brian Ickes crop“The Irony of Carp” draws on the international fisheries experience of US Geological Survey biologist Brian Ickes to explore the threats to Twin Cities rivers posed by invasive Asian Carp. Ickes takes a global perspective on this issue, noting among other ironies that the fish are very scarce now in their native waters in China. Ickes’ presentation will be followed by a panel discussion featuring specialists in fisheries science, community engagement, and river policy. Questions will also be taken from the audience. Panelists will develop ideas of what an invasion of Asian Carp might mean to Twin Cities rivers and how those rivers will be used in the future.

Panelists will include Shanai Matteson from Works Progress, Kathy Quick from the Humphrey School, and John Koepke from the College of Design.

This presentation is organized by the River Life Program, which uses insights from the sciences, policy and related fields, and the narratives that deeply inform our relation to place to create “hydro-literate” citizens, equipped to address the complex, systemic challenges of our water future. It occurred on Monday, April 21, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. in Northrop, Best Buy Theater.

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  1. DavidJuly 3, 2014 at 2:51 pmReply

    “Unstated Zero” is a new term for me. I have been in situations where both sides decided to venture into zero sum territory on Asian species proliferation. In the case of Asian carp, no one was brave enough to carry it to its ultimate conclusion—fishocide. Testing the limits is an incitement, often yielding fabulous results, occasionally causing dark thoughts that take years to resolve. Government Authorities will issue fines for any harm to the public peace. Thankfully, in Minnesota, they are well paid, well trained and typically they use restraint.

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