CERC Science Topic: Invasive Species

silver carp jumping due to engine noiseThere are thousands of nonindigenous species now established in the United States, posing risks to native species, valued ecosystems, and human and wildlife health.
An invasive species is an exotic species whose introduction into an ecosystem in which the species is not native causes, or is likely to cause, environmental, economic or harm to human health.
It is important to note that an invasive species refers to ecosystem or environmental boundaries, not political ones. In addition to the many invasive species from outside the U.S., there are many species from within the U.S. that are invasive in other parts of the country because they are not native to the ecosystem in which they have become established.
Invaders can extract a huge cost. The current annual environmental, economic, and health-related costs of invasive species exceed those of all other natural disasters combined. 

CERC is actively conducting research and monitoring invasive carps from Asia:  http://www.cerc.usgs.gov/Branches.aspx?BranchId=40

Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee
The Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee with support from federal, state, and local agencies, and other private stakeholder entities, will create a sustainable Asian carp control program to prevent introduction and implement actions to protect and maintain the integrity and safety of the Great Lakes ecosystem from an Asian carp invasion via all viable pathways. The goals and actions of the ACRCC are outlined in the 2011 Asian Carp Control Strategy Framework and the 2011 Monitoring and Rapid Response plan.

Invasive Carp IPM USGS Demonstration Project on the Illinois River:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nN8CC3Jax1k (trailer)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLnFbd5FvFY (full)

Silverfin: Eating Bighead and Silver Carp in cooperation with the Louisana Department of Wildlife and Fish (LDWF)
Invasive Asian Carp: "Flying Fish, Great Dish":

Louisana State University, AgCenter; Sea Grant; and the USGS (December 2009):
Flying Fish, Great Dish (Part 1: Introduction & Removing Filets)
Flying Fish, Great Dish (Part 2: Making "Flying Carp Wings")
Flying Fish, Great Dish (Part 3: Deboning Filets & Closing Credits)
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