Asian silver carp may spread to Iowa Great Lakes


Photo by michiganseagrant, Flickr.

The Asian silver carp continue to present issues for Iowa’s waterways. These fish entered a tributary of the Missouri River last year when floods allowed them to swim over the top of dams.

The carp could soon spread to the Iowa Great Lakes.

One major issue with the carp is that they leap out of the water and are capable of damaging vehicles and harming people that they make contact with.

Many Iowans feel that an electric barrier is necessary to keep the fish from spreading, but the Legislature has denied requests for funding so far.

Read more about the carp, and watch a video clip of the leaping fish, at the Des Moines Register’s website here.