By Jim Bloch, The Voice
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources recently published The Asian Carp Tactical Plan, 2014-2020, which details the strategies adopted by the state to prevent Asian carp from reaching Lake Erie and the rest of the Great Lakes.
The Asian carp, particularly bighead and silver carp – together, they’re known as the bigheaded carp – are filter feeders, eating the tiny zooplankton and phytoplankton on the bottom of the lake. They are one of the most voracious of invasive aquatic species, consuming as much as 20 percent of their body weight in food per day. Bighead carp generally grow to 40 pounds; silver carp, the variety known to leap high out of the water when riled by boat motors, grow to around 20 pounds.