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Study Finds Asian Carp Could Find a Home in Lake Erie

Posted Wednesday, January 18, 2012

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Lake Erie has the perfect environment for Asian carp to make themselves at home, according to a study by the U.S. Geological Survey. The study found that the Maumee River, which flows into Lake Erie at Toledo, would be the most attractive, followed by the Sandusky and Grand Rivers. That's actually bad news, as the Asian carp will compete with native fish for food. Bighead and silver carp eat plankton - which are tiny plants - a source of food for many fish.

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