Department of Natural Resources
The State of Michigan wishes to congratulate the winners of the Great Lakes Invasive Carp Challenge.
Four finalists presented their solutions in the Carp Tank competition on March 27, 2018 in Detroit. The judges, Governor Rick Snyder, Dr. Denice Shaw of the EPA, Jeff Deboer of Sundberg-Ferar, and Professor David Lodge of Cornell University, ranked each solution and awarded the following prizes:
Edem Tsikata, a software consultant at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts
Tsikata’s “Cavitation Barrier to Deter Asian Carp” would utilize a row of specially-designed propellers to generate a wall of cavitation bubbles which implode and emit high-speed jets of water. The painful sensation of the bubbles along with the noise of the propellers would repel fish and prevent their passage beyond the bubble barrier.
Edem Tsikata of Boston, Massachusetts accepts the grand prize at the Carp Tank from Governor Rick Snyder, David Lodge, Jeff DeBoer and Dr. Denice Shaw.
David Hamilton, Senior Policy Director for The Nature Conservancy in Lansing, Michigan
Hamilton’s “AIS Lock Treatment System” is designed function in a lock system. After vessels are moored in a gated chamber, a carefully measured amount of chlorine – which is lethal to a wide range of aquatic organisms, including invasive carp - would be injected and mixed into the chamber’s waters. Following treatment, sodium bisulfate would be used to detoxify the water before it is released into the river.
Michael Scurlock, a hydraulic engineer with RiverRestoration in Carbondale, Colorado
Scurlock’s proposal for adjustable physical velocity barriers is designed to concentrate water flow in a lock system after vessels are moored, creating a current that fish cannot swim against and essentially flushing the system before the lock gates are closed.
Dr. D.J. Lee of Smart Vision Works International in Orem, Utah, also a professor and director of the Robotics Vision Laboratory at Brigham Young University
Dr. Lee’s proposal, Recognition and Removal of Invasive Fish, is designed to prevent invasive carp from moving past the installation point by directing all fish through an automated imaging and sorting system that uses unique recognition software to divert invasive carp to a holding area for harvest.
Six runners-up were awarded $25,000 each and also presented their ideas to researchers and venture capitalists at the Great Lakes Invasive Carp Summit following the Carp Tank event.
The runners-up include:
Thank you to the innovators from all over the world who submitted solutions to the Great Lakes Invasive Carp Challenge. We received 353 solutions from 27 countries, highlighting the significant interest and concern that exists across the world to help protect the Great Lakes.
The Challenge is closed, and no more solutions will be accepted.
Silver carp and bighead carp are within 10 miles of the three electric barriers built to prevent invasive carp from entering Lake Michigan through the Chicago Area Waterways System.
These fish can grow to over 100 pounds. They jump out of the water to threaten boaters, out-compete native species for food, and can take over an entire river system.
If that happens in Michigan, it will affect the core of who we are as Michiganders and what we love about our great state.