These carp are native to China. They were originally imported into the southern United States in the s to provide an inexpensive, fast-growing addition to fresh fish markets. They also served to help keep aquaculture facilities clean. By the carp were found in natural waters in the Mississippi River Basin.
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In this Feb. Asian carp were imported to the U. The advance of the invasive carp, however, threatens to upend aquatic ecosystems, starve out native fish and wipe out endangered mussel and snail populations along the Mississippi River and dozens of tributaries. AP — Like a slow-motion, underwater cattle drive, wildlife officials in a half-dozen aluminum boats used pulses of electricity and sound on a recent gray morning to herd schools of Asian carp toward 1,foot-long meters nets.
Invasive Asian carp are members of the minnow family that grow to be very large. They are found in both flowering and still water, tolerating a wide range of water quality and weather conditions. These carp tend to consume large amounts of vegetation and plankton, affecting food webs and system ecology, and are native to Eurasia.
These four species are part of the Cyprinid family and are related to several varieties of minnows. They are all native to the rivers, reservoirs and lakes of China and southern Russia. Asian carps were introduced to the Southern U.