CNN Asian carp are a serious problem, and Kentucky is getting creative in dealing with the invasive species. Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. More Videos Hundreds of fish fly out of lake during 'electrofishing'.
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Invasive silver and bighead carp were imported into the United States to clean algae from tanks in commercial fish farms and sewage treatment plants. They are also becoming a threat to lakes. Fish from both species can top 50 pounds. Large silver carp can leap 10 feet into the air when startled by boat motors, which can cause serious injuries to passengers in moving boats and tear up gear.
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Charmayne Anderson, a graduate student from Western Illinois University, holds one of the larger Bighead carp caught in a lake in Morris, Illinois. Wildlife agencies and fishermen in Illinois are using a Chinese technique to catch Asian carp, an invasive fish species threatening the Great Lakes ecosystem. In one day, an Asian carp can eat 20 percent of its body weight, which can reach a whopping pounds. The fish deplete waters of necessary food, like plankton, for other aquatic life. The fish were imported into southern U.
Make a Contribution Learn More. The Asian Carp problem became so prolific that officials decided to kill ALL the fish with the highly toxic Rotenone , and then drained the entire lake. It took several years and millions of dollars to restore Lake Yankton.