New Way To Report If You Spot An Asian Carp

By on February 2, 2016
Asian carp thrive on blue green algae, and could potentially overtake native fish populations in the Great Lakes. (Credit: Todd Davis / U. S. Army Corp of Engineers)

For sightings of Asian carp or other non-native aquatic species, the U.S. Geological Survey has released a new online tool allowing those sighting the creatures to make reports. The new online system replaces an old government hotline that the USGS once maintained for the same purpose.

Using the tool if you see an invasive aquatic species is important, officials with the USGS say, because a full 67 percent of invasive species alerts released by the agency in the last five years have been based on reports from the public. That means that public reporting is one of the most valuable tools for fighting the spread of invasive species that the USGS has.

After a reported sighting, officials with the agency say that they are able to combine that information with other data collected from various sources to produce a picture of how invasive species are distributed nationally.

USGS officials note that sightings of non-native aquatic species occur much more commonly than people think. In the last year alone, 110 sightings have been reported, covering new species as well as others already seen elsewhere.

Top image: Asian carp thrive on blue green algae, and could potentially overtake native fish populations in the Great Lakes. (Credit: Todd Davis / U. S. Army Corp of Engineers)

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