"CARP"E Diem: Saints Solve Invasive Species ProblemST. PAUL, MN May 23, 2012
"CARP"E Diem: Saints Solve Invasive Species Problem
May 23, 2012 at 11:12 AM
ST. PAUL, MN (May 23, 2012) – Fishing season has officially begun and while most people are looking to catch walleye, muskie and northern pike it is the unwanted guests causing issues. With the DNR cracking down on those that don’t abide by regulations put in place to protect against invasive species one eco-friendly group has come up with a solution to help fisherman avoid costly fines while contributing to the greater good on Minnesota’s lakes and rivers.
The St. Paul Saints, a Minor League Baseball team, have developed a solution to stop aquatic hitchhikers. The idea will send these hitchhikers to another galaxy.
On Saturday, May 26 the first 500 fans 14 and under in attendance will receive the highly advanced Carp-No-More on Invasive Species Night presented by Tonka Beer Company™. Researchers have spent many months developing this revolutionary tool. The instrument is 30 inches in length, and acts as a “Trojan horse” when placed in water. The carp will think it’s a variety of exotic blue-green algae, one of their favorite foods.
“Anxiety about the arrival of Asian carp in our lakes and rivers has been building for months and it’s not just the negative effect that they are expected to have on the underwater ecosystem,” said Saints Director of Promotions Brian Kaufenberg. “Boaters understand the danger these carp pose leaping from the water, striking heads and causing serious injury. The Carp-No-More levels the playing field.”
The Carp-No-More is most effective when fish are suspended in mid air between the chest and bottom of the knees of the user. It can also be used on zebra mussels, Eurasian water milfoils, emerald ash borers and Japanese beetles.
Tonka Beer Company™was founded to preserve Minnesota’s lakes and rivers, creating memories of life on the water for future generations. A portion of the company’s beer proceeds supports Save-Our-Lakes™ which funds initiatives to protect our lakes and rivers from zebra mussels, milfoil, and other invasive species.
"The way we figure it, you take a kid with a 32-ounce bat and a parent with a 16-ounce beer, and you get a combined 48 ounces of swing power against invasive species," said Jason Landstrom, a founder of Tonka Beer Company. "That's a fair way to fight, and we plan to win.
The Saints take on the Sioux City Explorers on May 26 with game time at 7:05 p.m. Gates open at 6:00 p.m. and tickets are available by contacting the Saints ticket office at 651-644-6659 or visiting saintsbaseball.com.
Tickets for Saints home games are $5 for general admission, $8 for outfield reserved and $12 for infield reserved. Tickets purchased on the Day of the Game are an additional $1 per ticket. Children under the age of 14 and seniors 65 and older receive $1 off the admission price. Children under 2 that don't require a seat are free.
Click here to watch the Carp-No-More Video