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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)
Fish: Asian Carp
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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
Jean Michel Cousteau talks invasive carp in the Great Lakes during event at The Henry Ford Jean Michel Cousteau (5/11) He said that giving the species a new source of food would likely deter them from heading to the Great Lakes, provided it was easier to access than the food supply in the region. Film covering threat of incoming invasive carp into Great Lakes to be shown in Trenton The News Herald (4/12) The eye-opening film will show viewers the threat and complicated fight against the Asian carp, an invasive species of fish thatís making its way toward the Great Lakes.
COMMENTARY: You CAN make a difference with the Asian Carp Invasion of the Great Lakes Chicago Now (3/30) Email your legislators today and ask that they support the Defending Our Great Lakes Act. EDITORIAL: Army Corps misleads Congress, public on carp threat to Great Lakes The Plain Dealer (3/18) Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick, Corps commander, testified on Feb. 11 before a congressional subcommittee that the Corps had halted the advance of Asian carp into the Great Lakes. "That's just not true," said U.S. Rep. Dave Joyce. Asian carp swarm south of Chicago as consensus on permanent solution eludes nation Circle of Blue (3/11) Steep price tags and disagreement among interest groups is blocking a long-term solution. Stabenow introduces legislation to stop spread of Asian carp The Times Herald (3/1) The Defending Our Great Lakes Act would will give federal agencies broad authority to take immediate actions to stop the spread of Asian carp and other invasive species.
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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