Common carp (Cyprinus carpio) are domesticated ancestors of a wild form native to the Caspian Sea region and east Asia. Carp degrade shallow lakes by causing excessive turbidity, which can lead to declines in waterfowl and important native fish species. The common carp was introduced by unintentional release in 1879.
Federal report confirms naturally reproducing grass carp found in Lake Erie (10/30) USGS has determined grass carp, a species of Asian carp, are naturally reproducing within the Lake Erie basin. Grass carp do not present the same ecological risk to Michiganís waters as bighead carp or silver carp, although they are a species of concern because they feed on aquatic plants and can significantly alter habitat.
Clearing up Asian carp misconceptions (10/10) Recent news articles discussing the trouble with marketing Asian carp as food (as a way to reduce the threat they pose to Illinois waterways) shows that there is still some "schooling" needed on the facts about these invasive species. Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant separates fact from fiction on their Lakeside Views blog.