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- November 13, 2013. Mile-a-Minute vine detected in Sullivan County more »
- November 13, 2013. Aquatic invasive species prevention video for paddlers available more »
- November 4, 2013. Cornell Cooperative Extension Invasive Species In-Service more »
- October 31, 2013. Hydrilla verticillata found in lower Croton River more »
- October 23, 2013. Governor signs Eurasian boar legislation more »
- October 23, 2013. NYS DEC publishes proposed rules on Prohibited and Regulated Invasive Species more »
- August 21, 2013. Alternatives to Ornamental Invasive Plants Guidebook Available On-Line more »
- December 7 - Minekill State Park Hemlock Wooly Adelgid Survey more »
"Asian carp" refers to two species of invasive fish: the bighead carp (Hypopthalmichthys nobilis) and the silver carp (H. molitrix), both native to China. They were originally imported into the United States in the 1970s to provide an inexpensive, fast-growing addition to fresh fish markets. By 1980 the carp had escaped into the wilds of the Mississippi River Basin. As Asian carp have moved north they have overwhelmed the Mississippi and Illinois River systems. Bighead and silver carp are currently in the Illinois River, which is connected to the Great Lakes via the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal.
Asian carp feed on plankton (drifting animal, plant, or bacteria organisms) in waterbodies, outcompeting native plankton feeders and dominating native fisheries. Bighead carp can reach 110 pounds (30 - 40 pounds average). Efforts are being taken to prevent these voracious invaders from reaching the Great Lakes.
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