If the common carp was a vegetable it would be the Brussels sprout. The dark green plant has been domestically cultivated since the days of ancient Rome. The small ball of leaves took its common name for its popularity on the table in the European city. No discernable reason exists to eat the vegetable that smells of sulfur. Yet the “cabbage cultivar” made its way to America in the 1800s with French settlers landing in Louisiana.
You either like Brussels sprouts or you don’t. And so it is with the common carp. Warm and muddy water is what common carp like. If they invade clear water, they will soon turn it off-color. They make a living by rooting and wallowing in the bottoms looking for food. And they eat anything, living or dead. What they don’t eat gets coated in mud. Fish eggs suffocate in silt and important aquatic insect habitats, destroyed. Native fishes that live by sight such as top predators can’t see so well in the muddied water. Click on the following paragraph to access the full story.
But in the end, the success of the common carp in American waters is a testament of what not to do. Don’t spread fish to where they don’t belong. Clean and dry your gear to prevent the spread of unwanted organisms. Encourage your customers to do the same. See what assets are available to your business, at the Stop Aquatic Hitchhiker’s website.