Lake Erie tributaries could support Asian carp

By on January 13, 2012

Ohio’s Maumee River could be a highly suitable spawning ground for invasive Asian carp, according to a recent study from the U.S. Geological Survey.

Scientists have debated whether an Asian carp population could take hold in the Great Lakes given the system’s cooler temperatures and mussel-driven decline in plankton, the carp’s main food source. According to the USGS, western Lake Erie is warm enough to sustain young Asian carp, and the Maumee River is warm enough and free of barriers to drifting, incubating eggs.

The Sandusky and Grand rivers were listed as moderately suitable.

Read more at The Wall Street Journal

About Jeff Gillies

Jeff Brooks-Gillies has written about science, energy and the environment for going on 10 years. He's a native Michigander who, after a stint in Colorado, lives in Indianapolis with his wife and two kids.

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