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AsiAn CArp - Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources

AsiAn CArp - Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources

AsiAn CArp - Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife

Rick Hill illustration Boating through carpinfested waters has prompted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to construct a protective cage for those driving the boat. Asian carp is a name used to collectively refer to both silver and bighead carp. These two carp species are not native to our waters and are considered aquatic nuisance species or invasive species. However you refer to them, they are causing major problems in our Kentucky waterways. Both the silver and bighead carp were brought to the United States from China in the 1970’s. They were intended to be used in aquaculture and wastewater treatment ponds in the southeastern United States for plankton control and to improve water quality. Unfortunately, they escaped these ponds and appeared in open public waters around 1980. Asian carp are now found in the Mississippi, Missouri and Ohio rivers and their tributaries. Bighead carp Photo courtesy Owen Johnson Photo courtesy Nerissa Michaels - Illinois Natural History Survey PLEASE DO NOT release live baitfish into water where they are not collected! The results could lead to disaster! fw.ky.gov KENTUCKY DEPARTMENT of FISH and WILDLIFE RESOURCES #1 Sportsman’s Lane, Frankfort, KY 40601 • 1-800-858-1549 AsiAn CArp

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