These fish are found in the Mississippi River drainage from Louisiana to Minnesota, as far west as South Dakota, and as far east as Ohio. Several states, including Illinois, have long struggled with these aggressive invaders that wreak havoc on waterways with their voracious appetites, high reproductive rates and lack of natural preda tors. Many Illinois communities rely on these ecosystems and preventing the spread of Asian carp is necessary for our economy. Senator Tammy Duckworth. Edit embedded media in the Files Tab and re-insert as needed. This removal has reduced their numbers upstream of the Starved Rock Lock and Dam, subsequently lowering the burden on the electric barriers that guard the entry to Lake Michigan.
Something To Carp About: New Efforts To Remove Invasive Fish From Illinois River Underway
In the small town of Bath, Illinois, a little more than miles southwest of Chicago, an annual competition to catch flying fish draws visitors from near and far. The invasive species is traveling up the Mississippi River watershed and its tributaries, like the Illinois River, threatening the freshwater ecosystem of Lake Michigan by outcompeting native fish for food. Silver carp's "startle response" is jumping out of the water due to the noise and pressure waves caused by boat motors. Fish biologist Jan Hoover from the U.
Invasive Asian carp is getting a new name and a public makeover to draw more eaters
It's the same fish, but one sounds much more palatable than the other. The U. National Marine Fisheries Service gave the slimehead a rebranding in the late s in an effort to make the underused fish more marketable.