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Current invaders:
Crustaceans: Rusty Crayfish | Spiny Water Flea
Fish: Goby (Round) | Goby (Tubenose) | Rudd | Ruffe | Sea Lamprey | White Perch
Mollusks: Quagga Mussel | Zebra Mussel
Plants: Curly-leaf Pondweed | Eurasian Watermilfoil | Phragmites (non-native) | Purple Loosestrife
Viruses: Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia Virus (VHSv)
Potential invaders:
Fish: Asian Carp

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The Common Carp 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.
Photo credit: Shedd Aquarium
References: A Field Guide to Aquatic Exotic Plants and Animals, University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program

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What's New
Public Forum about Asian Carps
The Great Lakes Fishery Commission is presenting a public forum about Asian carps on Oct. 3 in Toronto, Ont. Senior officials, managers, and biologists from Canada and the U.S. will be on hand to provide information, answer questions, and take comments.

Officials say common carp often mistaken for invasive Asian carp
The Sarnia Observer (7/15)
Ontario's Invading Species Awareness Program is asking the public to be on the lookout for Asian carp in the Great Lakes.

Invasive Asian carp found spawning in Great Lakes tributary
The Associated Press (6/2)
Scientists say there’s proof that one type of invasive Asian carp is spawning in a Great Lakes tributary.

Asian carp found in Missouri's Black River
Journal Banner (3/3)
This is the first Asian carp to be found in this part of the river; according to MDC officials, the invasive species has a thriving population in the lower Black River near the conflux of the White River in Arkansas.

UM studies potential Asian carp impact in Lake Erie
If they successfully invade Lake Erie, Asian carp could eventually account for about a third of the total weight of fish in the lake, and could cause declines in most fish species — including prized sport and commercial fish such as walleye, according to a new computer modeling study.

Asian Carp Innovative Solutions Competition
The Asian Carp Canada Innovative Solutions Competition is a platform for university and college students to network and showcase their original ideas and solutions which could be used in the prevention, control and/or elimination of Asian carps in the Great Lakes basin.

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General Resources
Asian Carp and the Great Lakes
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Information about the threat of Asian carp and what's being done to protect our waters against them.

Common Carp
University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute
This fact sheet gives a brief description of the carp.

Cyprinus Carpio
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
Nonindigenous occurrences, means of introduction, and impact of the Common Carp.

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GLIN: Agencies and Organizations, Fauna
GLIN: Fish and Fisheries in the Great Lakes Region

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