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Flying Fish Causing Problems In Mississippi River

The Asian Carp are spreading throughout U.S. waterways. The Asian Carp are spreading throughout U.S. waterways.
The Asian Carp literally fly into boats. The Asian Carp literally fly into boats.
The fish have been known to injure fisherman. The fish have been known to injure fisherman.
There is a small market for consumption of the Asian Carp. There is a small market for consumption of the Asian Carp.

You may not know this but the midwest is under invasion. They are eating machines. And right now, they are eating their way through the Mississippi River eco-system.

These leaping fish are part of what some are calling an ecological disaster in rivers in the midwest. They're Asian Carp. And even though it looks like it's easy to catch these guys they just jump in the boat they're causing big problems.

Several Asian Carp species were introduced to U.S. catfish farms in the 70's to eat algae in local ponds. They've since escaped into the Mississippi River system and become so prolific that they threaten to gulp down the food native fish need to survive. As the invaders continue their march north the commercial fishing industry on Lake Michigan could be the next big target.

And it's not just fishermen losing out. The fish are actually dangerous. Aquatic Ecologist John Chick, "Bruises and broken noses and black eyes and being knocked out. These are the types of injuries we're seeing from these fish."

There is an electrical barrier under development to keep the fish from Lake Michigan.

There is a small but growing consumer market for the Asian Carp but so far there hasn't been enough of an appetite to keep their numbers under control.

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