Several species of Asian carp exist, but Silver carp is the most notorious – as a menace and as a jumper when boat motors roar!
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Asian carp were brought to the United States in the 60s and 70s for use in a government agency and academic research
The spread of Asian carp into the Mississippi River Basin is likely the result of insufficient controls to contain the fish in the ponds when conducting research. The flooding of the 70s and 90s furthered the invasion
Asian carp have been farmed in China for over 1,000 years, serving as an ancient food staple throughout Asia.