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.
Big budget for fighting Asian carp is downsized Detroit Free Press (2/16) President Barack Obama's budget includes millions of dollars to defend the Great Lakes against Asian carp but, more than a year after the release of an exhaustive report on additional, potentially more effective options to help ensure Asian carp in the Mississippi River basin stay out of the Great Lakes, environmentalists are voicing concerns that little funding is being aimed at any of those proposals.
Corps considers new front in Asian carp war Chicago Daily Herald (11/19) The Corps announced plans to block the path of bighead and silver carp at Brandon Road Lock and Dam on the Des Plaines River near Joliet. The site is about 5 miles downstream from electric barriers on which the Army Corps now depends to prevent the aggressive carp from reaching Lake Michigan