|Originally from China, Asian Carp were imported into the U.S. by fish farmers in the Southern States in 1963 to control vegetation and alge blooms. The fish escaped into the wild and have been reproducing uncontrollably, moving inexorably towards the Great Lakes.|
Asian carp are jolted by an electric current from a research boat
| The large carp leave popular sport fish to go hungry and suffer massive population drop-offs. Asian carp are edible but bony, and most Great Lakes fishermen regard them as a poor substitute for native walleye and whitefish.|
Human history is peppered with manmade mishaps that lead to catastrophic ecosystem imbalances. At their recent pace, the first young carp could reach Lake Michigan within two years, promising to decimate fisheries.