Can someone fix the article - it's been vandalised. If black carp have yet to be discovered outside of the ponds in which they have been bred, why does the black carp article discuss them having escaped in the wild? Suppafly , 6 Oct UTC wtf. I have made several changes, hopefully bringing this somewhat more up to date. However, I am an extreme newbie first posts today so please let me know if I violated any protocols in any way. I'm not sure how to set up a reference section, or I would have done it here.
In the summer of , Governor Quinn signed an agreement to ship up to million pounds of Asian carp a year to China. The family owned business, since , gets most of it from local fishermen on the Illinois and Mississippi rivers. But, while China considers Asian carp a food staple, many Americans find them hard to swallow. It has no antibiotics in it. The fish processed on the day we were there was headed to the Dominican Republic. Schafer says demand is high on both coasts and overseas in much of Asia, the Middle East, the Caribbean, and even Cuba. But little is consumed in our area.
Several species of heavy-bodied cyprinid fishes are collectively known in the United States as Asian carp. Cyprinids from the Indian subcontinent—for example, catla Catla catla and mrigal Cirrhinus cirrhosus —are not included in this classification and are known collectively as "Indian carp". All the above, except largescale silver carp, have been cultivated in aquaculture in China for over 1, years.
Though all are fast growing and prolific feeders that out-compete native fish and can leave a trail of environmental destruction in their wake, the four species of Asian carp do not impact the underwater environment in the exact same ways. Grass carp present significantly different risks to the ecosystem compared to highly invasive bighead carp and silver carp. For more information on the differences between the four species, please refer back to our species pages. We are concerned that if a self-sustaining population of Asian carp becomes established in the Great Lakes it will hurt native fish populations. The four species of Asian carp found in the United States are all fast growing and prolific feeders that are able to out-compete native fish for food, as well as alter the underwater environment so that it is uninhabitable for other native plants and animals.