Asian carp , any of several species of fish belonging to the carp family Cyprinidae that are native to eastern Asia, particularly China and Russia, and naturalized in some American waterways. The grass carp Ctenopharyngodon idella , bighead carp Hypophthalmichthys nobilis , black carp Mylopharyngodon piceus , and silver carp Hypophthalmichthys molitrix , following their accidental introduction into waterways in the United States , are collectively referred to as Asian carp. Floods and bait release by sport fishers allowed members of these species, which had proved invasive in other parts of the world, to colonize the Mississippi River system. Bighead and silver carp were considered the most significant threat because of their overconsumption of plankton.
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Aquatic Invasive Species - Yellowstone National Park (U.S. National Park Service)
The common carp or European carp Cyprinus carpio is a widespread freshwater fish of eutrophic waters in lakes and large rivers in Europe and Asia. It gives its name to the carp family, Cyprinidae. A third subspecies, C. The common carp is native to Europe and Asia, and has been introduced to every part of the world except the poles. They are the third most frequently introduced fish species worldwide,  and their history as a farmed fish dates back to Roman times.
Asian carps invade the rivers of eastern South Dakota, concerning GFP officials
Jordan Fielder, a nineteen year old boy, was enjoying a fun day on the Illinois river with his family when all of a sudden a large fish launched from the water like a missile, and smashed into his face. The fish fractured his nose, dented his forehead, and shattered bones in his eye sockets and brow Schankman For Jordan this was a fun family day on the river, turned to a near death experience. The fish responsible for this, is the invasive Asian carp, which is overrunning the Illinois river and its surrounding waters including the Mississippi, Missouri and Ohio rivers Hayer et al.
Asian carp, which are over 3 feet long, pose a threat to fishermen because they leap out of the water when scared by boat engines, The Telegraph reported Tuesday. If the fish make it to the Great Lakes, the area's fishing and tourism industries could suffer. Chicago is planning on barricading its canal system to thwart the carp invasion. The Illinois Natural History Survey Station has even installed nets around boat steering wheels and dashboards as a precaution.