Asian Carp Spread Faster Than Thought, Study Finds

Purdue University researchers have shown Asian carp may be able to spread outside areas where they were concentrated in the past.

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Asian carp are an invasive species in the Midwest.

A new research project from Purdue University has unearthed alarming facts about the ability of Asian carp to be able to spread farther than originally known.

Fish in Indiana and the Great Lakes region may be at a higher risk from attacks by Asian carp than originally though. Purdue University researchers have shown the carp may be able to spread outside areas where they were concentrated in the past.

“It can be kind of comical actually, to see them jumping out of the water,” he says. “But the problem is, if you’re cruising around in your motor boat at 30 miles an hour and you have a fish that’s basically you know weighs at least as much as a bowling ball, and it smacks you in the face, it can cause damage.”

Indiana Department of Natural Resources Aquatic Habitat Coordinator Doug Keller says the DNR commissioned the research after noticing that flooding in one area may lead to eventual migration of the carp.

“We wanted to know how the Asian carp were using the upper part of the Wabash River so we could understand better the threat of them potentially spreading through Eagle Marsh,” he says.

Asian Carp were introduced to the Illinois River in the 1970s to help control high levels of plankton. They have since spread to the Wabash and other nearby waterways.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1183888006 Claude Gauthier

    mmm, so many mistakes from the 50s to the 70s just keep bittin’ our butts these days. As if plankton was a bad thing to begin with.. Sheesh..

  • Whittier5

    Yet, we keep on making similar “mistakes”. Burmese pythons taking over the Everglades, more frankenfish East, Midwest and West, brown tree snakes, GMO corn, the list is on a roll of toilet paper.

    But, Lobbyists seem to be able to buy any empowering legislation that someone with Money is willing to pay for.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1183888006 Claude Gauthier

    I know.. I agree.. although.. Genetically Modified food, to me, isn’t necessarily a bad thing as long as it can be proven to be healthy and/or healthier. For the most part, a lot that goes with GM is the ability for the crops to be studier and more resistance to plagues and such.. That’s never a bad thing.

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