Invasive Asian Carp Pose Double Threat

The Mississippi River is facing a problem with invasive species. More specifically, silver carp have moved into the area and are overtaking a particular niche in the ecosystem. MSU and its Extension program are working with CRHWC on outreach and education programs to teach both the public as well as government officials at all levels about the dangers of invasive species. Silver carp are known to consume large quantities of plankton, preventing other fish from getting enough as well as harming one of the area’s largest industries in recreational fishing. Silver carp have also been known to injure boaters due to their tendency to leap out of the water as a result of noises from boat motors.

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