Fishing in Illinois - asian catfish project

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Asian carp - Wikipedia asian catfish project


Catfish (or catfishes; order Siluriformes or Nematognathi) are a diverse group of ray-finned fish.Named for their prominent barbels, which resemble a cat's whiskers, catfish range in size and behavior from the three largest species alive, the Mekong giant catfish from Southeast Asia, the wels catfish of Eurasia, and the piraíba of South America, to detritivores (species that eat dead material Class: Actinopterygii.

Pangasius is a term used for a special variety of imported freshwater fish that have become the tenth most popular seafood product eaten in the United States. Consumers are eating about 6 ounces of Pangasius per year and demand for this moderately priced selection is expected to continue to increase.

The goal of this project is to determine the farthest up-river extent where Asian carp are naturally and successfully reproducing in the Ohio River. Furthermore, an effort to characterize the potential nursery habitats that may support Asian carp juveniles will aid in future control of the populations.

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