Asian carp have been causing headaches among commercial fishermen and anglers for years. This fast-growing and highly invasive fish was originally brought to the United States in the 1970s to control aquatic vegetation, but the species eventually escaped into the Mississippi River. Thriving in American waters, the fish have become fierce competition for native species, and are often winning the battle.
Asian carp are now one of the most pressing ecological issues for many states’ wildlife agencies, and millions are spent in efforts to contain or eliminate the fish. Extensive precautions are taken to prevent the fish from entering the Great Lakes, the world’s largest freshwater lake system. The lakes provide an economically vital fishing and sporting industry to nearby states, which is now at risk with Asian carp essentially at the doorstep.
So why not export the fish?