The silver carp is a fast growing fish that can be found in backwater habitats and channel borders with low velocity. This invasive carp is a threat to native species as they compete for plankton, including microscopic
plants (phytoplankton) and animals (zooplankton).They can also be hazardous to humans taking part in boating activities as the vibrations from a boat motor cause the silver carp to jump up to three metres out of the water. This is a safety concern for boat passengers and people performing water sports.
The silver carp is native to Eastern Asia and was first introduced into the United States between 1971 and 1973 and since then have migrated towards the Great Lakes spreading intrusively. The silver carp is very similar to native carp species so identification is important.
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