Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about Asian carp, an invasive species of fish that is traveling north on the Mississippi River and threatening to enter the Great Lakes. There are many species of Asian carp. Bighead and silver carp are considered invasive species and a threat to the Great Lakes. The fish are known for their immense size and appetite.
The U. Fish and Wildlife Service and its federal and state partners are on the front line fighting Asian carp in southeastern waters. Extensive flooding in the s forced Asian carp into rivers, streams and lakes and the fish have continued to migrate. In recent years, these destructive fish have more rapidly expanded their range and numbers.
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Do you have a question about Asian carps? Check out our frequently asked questions below! There are currently no established populations of Asian carps in the Great Lakes. There have been a few rare captures of individual species. Of the Bighead Carp, only three single specimens have been collected, all in western Lake Erie, between and , and are believed to have been intentionally released.