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tive fish like crappie and largemouth bass and gobble up
threatened and endangered mussels and snails that help
clean the freshwater ecosystem.
"More anglers are coming in contact with them," says
Brown, who last year addressed the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform about federal
efforts to control Asian carp in Kentucky. "And I think
that some of the states that are heavily impacted, especially in the Southeast, are seeing decreases in recreational species because the carp are outcompeting our native
species."
This, in turn, negatively impacts the local economies
of the communities that depend on the dollars that fishing and boating reel in.
But the most significant danger, Brown says, is that,
unlike most fish, they can spawn multiple times per year,
wreaking extra havoc because of their sheer numbers.
In conjunction with other state and federal agencies,
universities and nonprofits, and as part of a massive effort
by 28 states to control Asian carp under the umbrella of
the Mississippi Interstate Cooperative Resource Association (MICRA), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working to slow migration into new rivers and lakes as the carp
head deeper into the Blue Ridge and elsewhere. Biologists
are using next-generation technologies to monitor their

range and assessing the populations in West Virginia and
Tennessee to see how they might be physically removed.
One large-scale experiment is underway at Kentucky's
Barkley Lock and Dam, where the hope is that a sound
and bubble deterrent system-it works kind of like an ultrasonic device that scares mice away-will keep the fish
from moving upstream.
Eradication is the ultimate goal but, says Brown, "that
is going to be very, very difficult. It's a very long-term process and very costly over a number of probably decades.
... Getting them down to a manageable level is probably
the end goal, keeping the numbers low enough where they're
not significantly impacting native species and human safety,
so you don't have 500 of them
jumping when you try and go
boating on Lake Barkley."

Bighead carp have large
"gapes" or mouths
compared to any other
species of carp.

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