A University of Minnesota start-up established in 2015, Carp Solutions has grown to become a company that specializes in developing some of the most unique and innovative technologies for invasive fish management, focusing on the common carp.

The tools we develop target specific weaknesses in carp’s life history and behavior. For example, our baited traps target the unique diet of common carp, their cognitive abilities and social behaviors. The systems of low-Voltage barriers and conveyers target carp spawning migrations. Our technologies that have low footprint and minimal impact on native species. Our technologies are automated to a large degree, which reduces cost and labor.

If you interested in using our technologies, please contact us.

Our team


Przemek ‘Shemek’ Bajer Ph.D. — Owner: As a faculty member at the University of Minnesota, he has been at the forefront of common carp research and management since 2006. Many of the most referenced scientific publication on carp management in North America have been authored by Dr. Bajer. He has a PhD in Fisheries Sciences and is experienced in various aspects of carp management, biology and ecology.

Vinnie Hirt, Ph.D. — Scientist: Earned a B.S. in biology from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, an M.S. in biology from John Carroll University, and a Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior from the University of Minnesota. He has conducted research on a variety of fish-related topics including morphology, development, behavior, genetics, and evolution. He has also spent decades making and fixing things and is responsible for collecting and analyzing data, improving existing methods and equipment, and developing new technologies to facilitate carp management.

Cameron Swanson – Assistant Manager: Cameron earned a B.S. in Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. He is an avid fisherman who enjoys spending time on the water. As an assistant manager, he is responsible for coordination field operations, collecting and analyzing data, and overseeing crews.

Contact: cswanson@CarpSolutionsMN.com

Rex Gould – Field Scientist: Rex earned his B.S. in Biology, B.A. in Environmental Studies at Hamline University. He also earned his M.S. in Environmental Science at Drexel University. He has a passion for conservation. As a Field Scientist, he is responsible for collecting and analyzing data. 

Contact: jgould@CarpSolutionsMN.com

Grant Hitchcock – Field Scientist: Grant earned his B.S. in Fish and Wildlife Studies at the University of Minnesota. He has a passion for hunting and fishing. As a Field Scientist, he is responsible for collecting and analyzing data.

Contact: ghitchcock@CarpSolutionsMN.com


Eric Fieldseth: Eric has recently moved down to Florida with his family and will be focusing on his invasive plants management business. Good luck Eric and thanks for your help running Carp Solutions for the past couple years!

Jenna Sveiven (Barlow): Jenna earned her B.S. in Ecology and Environmental Biology at the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire. She has a strong passion for the outdoors, and enjoys everything hunting and fishing.

Charles Egberg: Charlie earned his B.A. in Journalism and minored in Sustainability at Winona State University. He has a passion for saving and aiding the environment.