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  Common Carp
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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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Overview
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
COMMENTARY: When government officials fail us
Midland Daily News (10/14)
In the Senate and House, legislation is still being drafted that would order the Corps to actually do something to block Asian carp. Itís gone nowhere. Everybody has an excuse: Itís somebody elseís fault.

US, Canadian agencies plan Lake Erie exercise to deal with potential Asian carp infestation
Minneapolis Star Tribune (9/7)
Ten U.S. and Canadian agencies are taking part in a field exercise this week, testing their ability to respond to an invasion of Asian carp in western Lake Erie and head off a major environmental threat to the Great Lakes and their multibillion-dollar fishing industry.

Dreaded Asian carp the target of new Ontario lab
CBC News (7/8)
Canada has a new tool to battle the spread of an insatiable invasive species: an Asian carp research lab thatís the first of its kind in the country.

2014 Asian Carp Control Strategy Framework
(6/26)
The Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee announced a coordinated strategy to protect the Great Lakes from silver and bighead carp, building on previous Obama Administration efforts to prevent self-sustaining populations from becoming established in the Great Lakes.

New USGS videos on Asian carp control tools
(6/25)
See how scientists from the USGS, Illinois Department of Natural Resources and Southern Illinois University combined multiple Asian carp control technologies during field tests in a backwater of the Illinois River. Two video podcasts are available: a shorter version, and a longer version, on the USGS YouTube channel.

2014 Asian Carp Monitoring and Response Plan
(6/6)
Ė The Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee announced the release of an updated Monitoring and Response Plan intended to protect the Great Lakes from Asian carp, and to prevent the invasive fish species from developing self-sustaining populations in the Great Lakes.

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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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