Michigan offers $1 million in prizes for solutions to Asian carp issue

Posted at 8:07 AM, Mar 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-06 08:07:46-05

If you know how to stop an invasive fish species, the State of Michigan needs your help.

The bonus: you could win a lot of money. 

The state is planning to offer a prize for the best ideas to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes.

Asian carp could do some serious damage to Michigan's tourism economy. Lawmakers have put aside $1 million to develop the global contest. 

It's called the Michigan Invasive Carp Challenge and the Department of Natural Resources is looking for people around the world to come up with possible solutions. 

“I think in the fight against Asian carp, there aren’t really any bad ideas,” Molly Flanagan, vice president of policy for the Alliance for the Great Lakes, told the Detroit News. “We have to try a bunch of different things.”

People who are interested in submitting a proposal can register for more information about the challenge as it becomes available. 

One or more solutions would be rewarded, although it's unclear how much individuals would receive.