Asian Carp Pose Environmental, Safety, and Financial Threats to the Mississippi River Basin and Great Lakes
Help Us Defend Our Rivers and Lakes
Your Sponsorship Will Help Ensure Conservation Officers Have a Proven, Selective, Safe, and Low-Cost Method for Controlling the Asian Carp Population.
Water visibility decreased from 7+ feet to under a foot and all of the game fish were gone.
The Asian Carp problem became so prolific that officials decided to kill ALL the fish with the highly toxic Rotenone, and then drained the entire lake.
It took several years and millions of dollars to restore Lake Yankton.
Pushing Out Native Fish
Changing the Composition of Plankton- The Building Block of Life
Plankton are floating organisms including (but not limited to) algae, bacteria, immature animals and protozoa. Plankton is the basis of marine animal life.
Asian Carp quickly out-compete native filter feeding fish for this food source. They are voracious filter-feeders that eat smaller plankton than most native filter feeding fish, causing a severe shortage in the food supply.
These carps’ digestion are inefficient and are always excreting. The excrement will change clear water green. The bighead and silver carp will concentrate toxic bluegreen algae, harmful algae blooms.
Strong Migration Instinct
Their territory grows every year. The bighead and silver carp move freely throughout the Mississippi Basin, crossing locks and traveling hundreds of miles a season.
Threatening A Way of Life for Boaters & Fishers
Concussions, Broken Bones, and Bruising
Getting hit with a 20 lb. Flying Asian Carp is no joke, especially if youre in a boat going 20-30 mph. there have been reports of concussions, broken bones, cuts, and significant bruising.
Best case: Native game fish are severely endangered and their population drops significantly. In the worst cases, like Lake Yankton, they completely disappear.
What’s Being Done Now
2. Enforcement, Education & Early Detection
It’s illegal to own live asian carp in most states.
3. Population Control
– Fish avoid people, nets and electricity.
– At best only 25% of the Asian carp infested 6,400 river miles are intermediately harvested.
– Harvesting a 50 mile stretch of river costs $1+ million/ year. It took 7 years of harvesting to significantly reduce the Asian Carp population.
all 6,400 river miles if we are to control the Asian carp population.
A Proposed Solution
What Is a Pesticide?
A pesticide is defined as “any substance or mixture of substances intended for preventing, destroying, repelling, or mitigating any pest.”
Pesticides are regulated by the EPA.
Are All Pesticides Dangerous?
The Ideal Pesticide
MJSTI is a Kansas City Startup that has spent 3 years developing a proven safe, selective, and low cost pesticide for Asian Carp.
The MJSTI Solution
The formulation is selective since it is a digestive poison. Only the fish that eat like the Asian Carp should be affected. In contrast, an inhalation toxin like rotenone kills all the gill breathing animals.
Conservation officers should be able to increase the selectivity by choice of bait and habitat.
The ingredients are FDA approved materials. Since the outside of the formulation is vegetable fat, it is safe to handle. If the Asian carp do not eat the bead or bio-bullet it will sink to bottom of the river or lake and decompose to safe levels of chemicals already found in our rivers and lakes.
3. Low Cost
The estimated raw material cost is 1/12 to 1/30 the raw material cost of the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Antimycin A/ beeswax bead. The raw materials are either EPA registered pesticides or approved inert materials with well-known and public toxicity studies. This should allow for a fast and low cost EPA registration of the formulation.
MJSTI SolutionIn Development
- Low Cost
We Need Your Help!
Be Part Of The Solution.
There are over 20 million people (fishers, boaters, paddlers) directly affected by the Asian Carp invasion. MJSTI has spent over $40,000 and 3 man years to prove the formulation of its pesticide.
We have applied for grants, and will continue to do so. We seek investors and donors. Without funding, the testing and commercialization of our solution will cease. Your contribution can make a difference.