Asian carp were introduced for

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Common Carp, Cyprinus carpio , while originally from Asia, arrived in North America much earlier and is not one of those species referred to as Asian carps. Click here for more information. All are members of the cyprinid family, which includes carps and several varieties of minnows. Of the Bighead Carp, only three specimens have been collected, all in western Lake Erie, between and , and are believed to have been intentionally released. Of the Grass Carp specimens, there have been approximately 23 single captures since in the waters or tributaries of Lake Huron, Lake Ontario, and Lake Erie the most recent in Lake Erie in

Asian carp in North America

What are Asian Carp?

Asian carps—fish in the Cyprinid family—have been part of our culture for centuries. We use them as ornamental aquarium fish goldfish and koi and food fish, and to help keep aquaculture ponds clean. However, when Asian carps escape into natural waterways, they can cause big problems for human health, the economy, and the environment. Four species of Asian carps have escaped in the United States and are of concern: grass carp Ctenopharyngodon idella , silver carp Hypophthal- michthys molitrix , bighead carp H. Asian carps can become so abundant that they completely change a river ecosystem, affecting native species and preventing us from enjoying and benefiting from the river.

Asian Carp Overview

Introduced Asian carp in North America pose a major threat to the ecology, environment, economy, and way of life in the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes region of the United States and Canada. Asian carp are a group of fish species, which include several known to be invasive , and represent the most urgent potential danger to the ecology of the Great Lakes. The group of fish species known in the United States as Asian carp include several which are invasive.
Carp are a family of fish native to Europe and Asia. The common carp Cyprinus carpio has been in the US for over years. The newest carp invaders, bighead carp , black carp , grass carp , and silver carp collectively known as "Asian carp" , however, are causing their own brand of trouble in the Mississippi River and rivers and lakes within the Mississippi rivershed.