Asian carp is on the list as an invasive species and on the rise in your nearby sport fishing waters. You might have heard that these fish were accidentally introduced into our American waters but that could not be further from the truth. The U.S. Fish Commission took it upon itself in the 1800’s in an effort to save our own vital fish populations to bring Asian carp into our country in vast numbers. The sport fish that we know of, and fish, bass, crappie, bluegill, trout, are grown in mass quantities by the National Fish Hatchery.
The Asian Carp were allowed to grow to help our increasing population as a food source because the fish so easily reproduced and multiplied. The large decline of our natural fishes is what started this huge campaign. Our fishing resources have been in trouble for way longer than we have been told or are willing to realize. The U.S. Congress authorized President Ulysses S. Grant to appoint the U.S. Fish Commission in 1871 to oversee the nation’s fisheries. The first thing on the agenda would be what to do about the dwindling fish resources of the U.S. and how to raise back up the numbers of fishes to meet the increasing demands of the large harvests for food.
In 1874 a report was released, Fishes Especially Worthy of Cultivation,” said that no other fish like the Asian Carp was worthy of being able to reproduce in the numbers necessary and the necessary steps would begin immediately to render the national fish harvests still being allowed. In 1876 reports showed that their efforts were well on the way to recovery and that there was no reason to continue studies with other fishes that were not giving the same great results.
The commission, in 1877 then gathered some 400 carp from german aquaculture and they were placed in the Druid Hill Park ponds in Baltimore Maryland. Then moved to Babcock lakes on the monument lot in Washington, D.C. to meet the increasing need for more places to breed the Asian carp. The following year 30,000 Asian carp were shipped to states that totaled applied for the carp. By 1896 the number of Asian carp in the U.S had increased to two and a half million, and lakes, rivers in the midwest and the east were stocked yearly.
The EPA has the untruth posted on their page of how the Asian Carp invaded the U.S. This page is the latest update of what is being done about the Asian Carp invasion. So far untruths are being told.
The EPA speak to the electric Asian Carp barriers in place scheduled to be completed in February 2005, stretches two rows of electrodes across the canal approximately 220 feet apart. The electrodes pulse DC current into the water; fish will turn back rather than pass through the electric current. But according to the EPA these fish are indeed in the great lakes now. This is the latest update about what is being done about the invasion of Asian Carp.
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