by Tsing Mui on August 1, 2011 at 8:53 am
Concerned about Asian carp? Meet the invasive cousins, you might say, of the monster fish. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released a white paper on 40 high-risk species to watch out for, including the much-hyped bighead and other varieties of Asian carp. And they’re not all fish.
A white paper on the ‘Feared 40′ comes from the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study, aka GLMRIS. Officials say the paper was done to catalog potential non-native species within the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins, and aid in efforts to identify and analyze prevention and control technologies. In other words, the threat of Asian carp entering the Great Lakes via the Chicago Area Waterway System is only the beginning.