Massive Flooding Could Open Door for Asian CarpJune 10th, 2011 at 3:34 pm by Tom Harmeson under Uncategorized
Experts fear invasive Asian carp could use the heavy flooding in the southern United States to its advantage to spread out yet again.
Ironically, and unfortunately, flooding along the country’s biggest river is at the heart of the issue again.
Years ago, Asian carp first made their way into the Mississippi River system after southern catfish farms were flooded. Most everyone knows the story from there. Silver and bighead carp have leap-frogged up the Mississippi and its connecting waterways ever since.
This time, experts are worried the Mississippi floodwaters in the south will open the door for these fish to invade bayous, lakes, and streams they have never previously inhabitated. The Mississippi’s floodwaters have been backed into these areas for weeks, and the spread of Asian carp was almost inevitable.
These fish are highly adaptable, making them prime candidates to survive muddy fields into creeks and even into water that is half fresh and half salt water. It is almost like a horror movie. First the floods, now the fish nobody wants. Can they be stopped?
One thing is for sure, this horror movie will probably have more sequels than “Friday the 13th.”