Flying fish are flying into their own market

A soft September shower drowned out the whirr of a barge as it floated past the Red Star Mississippi River Access. The river is home to more than 105 species of fish, including invasive species like the Asian carp.

According to Bob Hrabik and Dave Herzog, of the Missouri Department of Conservation, Asian carp is a blanket term for all Eurasian carp species living in nonnative waters. Bighead, black, grass and the “flying” silver carp all populate the Mississippi River and are destroying the habitat of several native species.

“We’re never going to get rid of them, let’s be honest,” Hrabik said.

To contain the Asian carp, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is trying to create regional fish markets from the Gulf all the way to the Great Lakes.

“The idea is to down fish them,” Herzog said. “If we could extirpate them that would be fantastic.”

-Lauren Schad

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