Science and Innovation for Battling Invasive Carp

Fact Sheet 2022-3012



The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is the Federal Government’s independent research agency that conducts research to inform management of invasive species. Bighead, black, grass, and silver carp, which are native to China, were originally stocked in aquaculture facilities to control algae, snails, and vegetation. These species have invaded the Mississippi River and are now established throughout the lower and middle Mississippi River Basins and some of its large tributaries where they damage ecosystems and harm economies. A reproducing population of grass carp in Lake Erie is a risk to the $7 billion Great Lakes fishery. The USGS is leading research efforts on risk assessment and on early detection of new invasions. The USGS is also developing and evaluating harvest methods, barriers and deterrents, and baits/attractants to provide Federal and State management agencies the tools needed to manage and reduce populations of these species.

Suggested Citation

Kocovsky, P.M., 2022, Science and innovation for battling invasive carp: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2022–3012, 6 p.,

ISSN: 2327-6932 (online)

ISSN: 2327-6916 (print)

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Table of Contents

  • What are Invasive Carp?
  • The Need for Intervention
  • USGS Science in Action
  • References Cited
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Science and innovation for battling invasive carp
Series title Fact Sheet
Series number 2022-3012
DOI 10.3133/fs20223012
Year Published 2022
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Office of the AD Ecosystems
Description 6 p.
Country United States
State Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin
Other Geospatial Lake Erie, Mississippi River
Online Only (Y/N) N
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