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Mussels may prevent Asian Carp

Quagga mussels cover this formerly sunken boat in Lake Mead

Here’s some news about the Asian carp topic.


The huge fish has a little competitor that may leave it’s stomach empty in the end. Mussels are eating up the Asian carp’s main food source, the plankton.

The quagga mussel has devoured so much plankton in southern Lake Michigan that the entire food web is being altered. One senior ecologist has stated mussels have “beaten the Asian carp to the buffet table.”

But don’t jump to good conclusions that the Mussels are good, the Mussel might be more danger to our eco system than Asian carp. It was once said that Asian carp, if moved in, could spread to most of the Great Lakes and vacuum up enough plankton to threaten collapse of the $7 billion fishery. Well scientists have found that the Mussels are doing more damage, they have made microscopic plants decline more than 80 percent. Which explains a drop off of freshwater shrimp species.

So if you thought you’re reading this article to find positive things about our future fishery, you assumed wrong. It’s obvious that we now have two major threats to our Great Lakes.

Scientists said, even if the Mussels eat the plankton, the Asian carp can still find other things to eat besides plankton. Duane Chapman, a U.S. Geological Survey fisheries biologist, claims “they are very flexible fish.”

All I can say is I’m scared! What’s going to happen to our beloved sport in years to come?