Can survive up to 48 hours out of water.
- “Once Asian carp take hold of a lake or river, they wreak havoc on the ecosystem, steal food from other fish species, and are nearly impossible to get rid of,” said Nancy Goucher, water programs manager at Environmental Defence. “We need to act now to prevent an invasion because the cost of doing nothing is too high.” Because they breed quickly, have no natural predators, and can consume as much as 20 per cent of their body weight in a day, Asian carp can monopolize food sources and push out native species. They also have zombie-like qualities, appearing like they’re dead when they’re not, and can survive up to 48 hours out of water.
- Send a letter to President Obama and ask him to extend Asian Carp funding for the Great Lakes to include the Mississippi River and its tributaries.
- (This links you to a webpage of Clean Water Action Alliance of Minnesota, a partner in this effort. Sending the prepared letter will take you one minute.)
- For even more information on what you can do to educate yourself visit stopcarp.org
Thank you for reading and staying active in your community,
Stand Up Minnesota
Interesting news about efforts to stop other AIS (Aquatic Invasive Species): Clean & Drain areas at boat launches.