What’s in a name? Well, quite a lot once you take into account changing environmental, social and political considerations.

From Asian carp to Invasive carp 

Introduced in the 1960s and 70s, the four species of invasive carp – Bighead Carp, Silver Carp, Grass Carp and Black Carp have up until now been commonly referred to as ‘Asian carp,’ and for obvious reasons. The carp originated in Asia – and were used in aquaculture facilities and retention ponds until flooding allowed them to escape and cause untold damage to America’s waterways. 

In light of recent changes by the National Wildlife Federation to recategorise the Asian carp to Invasive carp, Fish Guidance Systems will be following suit and over the coming weeks will be adapting its minisite and blog posts to reflect this.

The term Invasive carp is a better description of the problem that faces the Mississippi Basin and the Great Lakes. It is a simpler phrase and allows for better conversations about the threat the species poses. It also removes unnecessary issues linking the term Asian to a aquaculture problem created by Americans in the 1970s  – especially in light of recent newsworthy events.

Part of the Solution

Invasive carp species are a major problem for the Mississippi basin and the Great Lakes. Fish Guidance Systems are part of a massive effort to stop the invasive species spreading further into America’s waterways.

Ongoing trials at Barkley Lock in Kentucky are demonstrating the feasibility and usefulness of BAFF systems. For further information please visit our Invasive carp minisite and our social media.

“Federal and state partners are working together to deploy promising, innovative tools like the BAFF system to prevent the movement of Asian carp. What we learn in Kentucky will directly inform our efforts to protect the Great Lakes.”

Margaret Everson, Principal Deputy Director, US Fish and Wildlife Service