Ohio Working to Stop the Movement of Aquatic Invasive Species
April 8, 2016 - 11:46 AM
Nonindigenous Carps and Minnows
COLUMBUS– Ohio and other Great Lakes states face a
threat from many aquatic invasive species (AIS), including bighead and silver carp
(Asian carp) and are working to reduce the impact they may have on Ohio’s
native species, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
The ODNR Division of Wildlife is looking at several pathways
that Asian carp may use to enter inland waters and the Great Lakes, including
the inadvertent transfer of live fish through the bait trade. Consequently, the
division and other federal and state agencies are attempting to prevent the
transfer and movement of live Asian carp through these pathways.
ODNR Division of Wildlife efforts to prevent migration of
AIS through the bait trade pathway include:
Regulation: Institution of rules prohibiting people from
releasing any fish or aquatic insect into waters from where it did not
originate. This will help eliminate the movement of AIS into new bodies of
Surveillance: Checking live bait for the presence of AIS and
specifically Asian carp through the inspection of bait outlets in Ohio. This
will help prevent the inadvertent transfer of AIS to anglers purchasing bait who
could potentially transfer AIS to new waterways by dumping unused bait.
Education: Providing bait outlets with educational materials
geared at identifying AIS that could potentially be in the bait trade.
Outreach: Distribution of educational materials that instruct
anglers to not dump unused bait into public bodies of water.
Should Asian carp become established in inland waters or
Lake Erie, they have the potential to outcompete and reduce the numbers of game
fish, which would negatively impact Ohio’s resource users and the businesses
that rely on these resources. Nationally, there are significant efforts being
made to prevent Asian carp establishment in the Great Lakes. Asian carp are
already starting to appear in the Ohio River along Ohio’s border.
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