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Variety

Carp, Bighead

Hypophthalmichthys nobilis

Method

Wild

Gillnets and entangling nets

Location

U.S. - Louisiana, North America - Inland waters: Mississippi River Basin

Overall Rating

3.403 / 5

Summary

This carp species is non-native and invasive within the Mississippi River Basin. Its continued range expansion threatens regional waterway sustainability via competition and predation on native species and by disrupting aquatic plant ecology.


Stock status: Species is non-native (invasive), therefore overfishing is not a concern.


Ecosytem impacts:  Commercial fisheries and efforts to control the spread of invasive carp generally enhance Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Mississippi River basin by supporting local ecology and native species.


Management: Effectiveness varies by state, with some state policies prohibiting the stocking of Asian carp, the establishment of carp Harvest Incentive Programs to bolster carp industry infrastructure regionally, and record-keeping/catch accounting requirements.

 

Bycatch: Fishing gear has the potential to interact with endangered or threatened sturgeons. At present, bycatch rates of endangered pallid sturgeon and threatened lake sturgeon are reportedly low in targeted carp fisheries.

Learn more about harvest methods

Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Carp, Bighead

Hypophthalmichthys nobilis

Method

Wild

Gillnets and entangling nets

Location

U.S. - Kentucky, North America - Inland waters: Mississippi River Basin

Overall Rating

3.403 / 5

Summary

This carp species is non-native and invasive within the Mississippi River Basin. Its continued range expansion threatens regional waterway sustainability via competition and predation on native species and by disrupting aquatic plant ecology.


Stock status: Species is non-native (invasive), therefore overfishing is not a concern.


Ecosytem impacts:  Commercial fisheries and efforts to control the spread of invasive carp generally enhance Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Mississippi River basin by supporting local ecology and native species.


Management: Effectiveness varies by state, with some state policies prohibiting the stocking of Asian carp, the establishment of carp Harvest Incentive Programs to bolster carp industry infrastructure regionally, and record-keeping/catch accounting requirements.

 

Bycatch: Fishing gear has the potential to interact with endangered or threatened sturgeons. At present, bycatch rates of endangered pallid sturgeon and threatened lake sturgeon are reportedly low in targeted carp fisheries.

Learn more about harvest methods

Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Carp, Bighead

Hypophthalmichthys nobilis

Method

Wild

Gillnets and entangling nets

Location

U.S. - Missouri, North America - Inland waters: Mississippi River Basin

Overall Rating

3.167 / 5

Summary

This carp species is non-native and invasive within the Mississippi River Basin. Its continued range expansion threatens regional waterway sustainability via competition and predation on native species and by disrupting aquatic plant ecology.


Stock status: Species is non-native (invasive), therefore overfishing is not a concern.


Ecosytem impacts:  Commercial fisheries and efforts to control the spread of invasive carp generally enhance Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Mississippi River basin by supporting local ecology and native species.


Management: Effectiveness varies by state, with some state policies prohibiting the stocking of Asian carp, the establishment of carp Harvest Incentive Programs to bolster carp industry infrastructure regionally, and record-keeping/catch accounting requirements.

 

Bycatch: Fishing gear has the potential to interact with endangered or threatened sturgeons. At present, bycatch rates of endangered pallid sturgeon and threatened lake sturgeon are reportedly low in targeted carp fisheries.

Learn more about harvest methods

Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Carp, Bighead

Hypophthalmichthys nobilis

Method

Wild

Barriers, fences, weirs, corrals, etc.

Location

U.S. - Louisiana, North America - Inland waters: Mississippi River Basin

Overall Rating

3.403 / 5

Summary

This carp species is non-native and invasive within the Mississippi River Basin. Its continued range expansion threatens regional waterway sustainability via competition and predation on native species and by disrupting aquatic plant ecology.


Stock status: Species is non-native (invasive), therefore overfishing is not a concern.


Ecosytem impacts:  Commercial fisheries and efforts to control the spread of invasive carp generally enhance Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Mississippi River basin by supporting local ecology and native species.


Management: Effectiveness varies by state, with some state policies prohibiting the stocking of Asian carp, the establishment of carp Harvest Incentive Programs to bolster carp industry infrastructure regionally, and record-keeping/catch accounting requirements.

 

Bycatch: Fishing gear has the potential to interact with endangered or threatened sturgeons. At present, bycatch rates of endangered pallid sturgeon and threatened lake sturgeon are reportedly low in targeted carp fisheries.

Learn more about harvest methods

Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Carp, Grass

Ctenopharyngodon idella

Method

Wild

Seine nets

Location

U.S. - Iowa, North America - Inland waters: Mississippi River Basin

Overall Rating

3.167 / 5

Summary

This carp species is non-native and invasive within the Mississippi River Basin. Its continued range expansion threatens regional waterway sustainability via competition and predation on native species and by disrupting aquatic plant ecology.


Stock status: Species is non-native (invasive), therefore overfishing is not a concern.


Ecosytem impacts:  Commercial fisheries and efforts to control the spread of invasive carp generally enhance Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Mississippi River basin by supporting local ecology and native species.


Management: Effectiveness varies by state, with some state policies prohibiting the stocking of Asian carp, the establishment of carp Harvest Incentive Programs to bolster carp industry infrastructure regionally, and record-keeping/catch accounting requirements.

 

Bycatch: Fishing gear has the potential to interact with endangered or threatened sturgeons. At present, bycatch rates of endangered pallid sturgeon and threatened lake sturgeon are reportedly low in targeted carp fisheries.

Learn more about harvest methods

Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Carp, Grass

Ctenopharyngodon idella

Method

Wild

Barriers, fences, weirs, corrals, etc.

Location

U.S. - Louisiana, North America - Inland waters: Mississippi River Basin

Overall Rating

3.403 / 5

Summary

This carp species is non-native and invasive within the Mississippi River Basin. Its continued range expansion threatens regional waterway sustainability via competition and predation on native species and by disrupting aquatic plant ecology.


Stock status: Species is non-native (invasive), therefore overfishing is not a concern.


Ecosytem impacts:  Commercial fisheries and efforts to control the spread of invasive carp generally enhance Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Mississippi River basin by supporting local ecology and native species.


Management: Effectiveness varies by state, with some state policies prohibiting the stocking of Asian carp, the establishment of carp Harvest Incentive Programs to bolster carp industry infrastructure regionally, and record-keeping/catch accounting requirements.

 

Bycatch: Fishing gear has the potential to interact with endangered or threatened sturgeons. At present, bycatch rates of endangered pallid sturgeon and threatened lake sturgeon are reportedly low in targeted carp fisheries.

Learn more about harvest methods

Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Carp, Grass

Ctenopharyngodon idella

Method

Wild

Gillnets and entangling nets

Location

U.S. - Louisiana, North America - Inland waters: Mississippi River Basin

Overall Rating

3.403 / 5

Summary

This carp species is non-native and invasive within the Mississippi River Basin. Its continued range expansion threatens regional waterway sustainability via competition and predation on native species and by disrupting aquatic plant ecology.


Stock status: Species is non-native (invasive), therefore overfishing is not a concern.


Ecosytem impacts:  Commercial fisheries and efforts to control the spread of invasive carp generally enhance Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Mississippi River basin by supporting local ecology and native species.


Management: Effectiveness varies by state, with some state policies prohibiting the stocking of Asian carp, the establishment of carp Harvest Incentive Programs to bolster carp industry infrastructure regionally, and record-keeping/catch accounting requirements.

 

Bycatch: Fishing gear has the potential to interact with endangered or threatened sturgeons. At present, bycatch rates of endangered pallid sturgeon and threatened lake sturgeon are reportedly low in targeted carp fisheries.

Learn more about harvest methods

Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Carp, Grass

Ctenopharyngodon idella

Method

Wild

Gillnets and entangling nets

Location

U.S. - Kentucky, North America - Inland waters: Mississippi River Basin

Overall Rating

3.403 / 5

Summary

This carp species is non-native and invasive within the Mississippi River Basin. Its continued range expansion threatens regional waterway sustainability via competition and predation on native species and by disrupting aquatic plant ecology.


Stock status: Species is non-native (invasive), therefore overfishing is not a concern.


Ecosytem impacts:  Commercial fisheries and efforts to control the spread of invasive carp generally enhance Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Mississippi River basin by supporting local ecology and native species.


Management: Effectiveness varies by state, with some state policies prohibiting the stocking of Asian carp, the establishment of carp Harvest Incentive Programs to bolster carp industry infrastructure regionally, and record-keeping/catch accounting requirements.

 

Bycatch: Fishing gear has the potential to interact with endangered or threatened sturgeons. At present, bycatch rates of endangered pallid sturgeon and threatened lake sturgeon are reportedly low in targeted carp fisheries.

Learn more about harvest methods

Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Carp, Bighead

Hypophthalmichthys nobilis

Method

Wild

Barriers, fences, weirs, corrals, etc.

Location

U.S. - Mississippi, North America - Inland waters: Mississippi River Basin

Overall Rating

3.167 / 5

Summary

This carp species is non-native and invasive within the Mississippi River Basin. Its continued range expansion threatens regional waterway sustainability via competition and predation on native species and by disrupting aquatic plant ecology.


Stock status: Species is non-native (invasive), therefore overfishing is not a concern.


Ecosytem impacts:  Commercial fisheries and efforts to control the spread of invasive carp generally enhance Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Mississippi River basin by supporting local ecology and native species.


Management: Effectiveness varies by state, with some state policies prohibiting the stocking of Asian carp, the establishment of carp Harvest Incentive Programs to bolster carp industry infrastructure regionally, and record-keeping/catch accounting requirements.

 

Bycatch: Fishing gear has the potential to interact with endangered or threatened sturgeons. At present, bycatch rates of endangered pallid sturgeon and threatened lake sturgeon are reportedly low in targeted carp fisheries.

Learn more about harvest methods

Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Carp, Bighead

Hypophthalmichthys nobilis

Method

Wild

Gillnets and entangling nets

Location

U.S. - Mississippi, North America - Inland waters: Mississippi River Basin

Overall Rating

3.167 / 5

Summary

This carp species is non-native and invasive within the Mississippi River Basin. Its continued range expansion threatens regional waterway sustainability via competition and predation on native species and by disrupting aquatic plant ecology.


Stock status: Species is non-native (invasive), therefore overfishing is not a concern.


Ecosytem impacts:  Commercial fisheries and efforts to control the spread of invasive carp generally enhance Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Mississippi River basin by supporting local ecology and native species.


Management: Effectiveness varies by state, with some state policies prohibiting the stocking of Asian carp, the establishment of carp Harvest Incentive Programs to bolster carp industry infrastructure regionally, and record-keeping/catch accounting requirements.

 

Bycatch: Fishing gear has the potential to interact with endangered or threatened sturgeons. At present, bycatch rates of endangered pallid sturgeon and threatened lake sturgeon are reportedly low in targeted carp fisheries.

Learn more about harvest methods

Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Carp, Bighead

Hypophthalmichthys nobilis

Method

Wild

Gillnets and entangling nets

Location

U.S. - Tennessee, North America - Inland waters: Mississippi River Basin

Overall Rating

3.403 / 5

Summary

This carp species is non-native and invasive within the Mississippi River Basin. Its continued range expansion threatens regional waterway sustainability via competition and predation on native species and by disrupting aquatic plant ecology.


Stock status: Species is non-native (invasive), therefore overfishing is not a concern.


Ecosytem impacts:  Commercial fisheries and efforts to control the spread of invasive carp generally enhance Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Mississippi River basin by supporting local ecology and native species.


Management: Effectiveness varies by state, with some state policies prohibiting the stocking of Asian carp, the establishment of carp Harvest Incentive Programs to bolster carp industry infrastructure regionally, and record-keeping/catch accounting requirements.

 

Bycatch: Fishing gear has the potential to interact with endangered or threatened sturgeons. At present, bycatch rates of endangered pallid sturgeon and threatened lake sturgeon are reportedly low in targeted carp fisheries.

Learn more about harvest methods

Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Carp, Bighead

Hypophthalmichthys nobilis

Method

Wild

Seine nets

Location

U.S. - Missouri, North America - Inland waters: Mississippi River Basin

Overall Rating

3.167 / 5

Summary

This carp species is non-native and invasive within the Mississippi River Basin. Its continued range expansion threatens regional waterway sustainability via competition and predation on native species and by disrupting aquatic plant ecology.


Stock status: Species is non-native (invasive), therefore overfishing is not a concern.


Ecosytem impacts:  Commercial fisheries and efforts to control the spread of invasive carp generally enhance Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Mississippi River basin by supporting local ecology and native species.


Management: Effectiveness varies by state, with some state policies prohibiting the stocking of Asian carp, the establishment of carp Harvest Incentive Programs to bolster carp industry infrastructure regionally, and record-keeping/catch accounting requirements.

 

Bycatch: Fishing gear has the potential to interact with endangered or threatened sturgeons. At present, bycatch rates of endangered pallid sturgeon and threatened lake sturgeon are reportedly low in targeted carp fisheries.

Learn more about harvest methods

Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Carp, Common

Cyprinus carpio

Method

Wild

Seine nets

Location

U.S. - Illinois, North America - Inland waters: Mississippi River Basin

Overall Rating

3.403 / 5

Summary

This carp species is non-native and invasive within the Mississippi River Basin. Its continued range expansion threatens regional waterway sustainability via competition and predation on native species and by disrupting aquatic plant ecology.


Stock status: Species is non-native (invasive), therefore overfishing is not a concern.


Ecosytem impacts:  Commercial fisheries and efforts to control the spread of invasive carp generally enhance Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Mississippi River basin by supporting local ecology and native species.


Management: Effectiveness varies by state, with some state policies prohibiting the stocking of Asian carp, the establishment of carp Harvest Incentive Programs to bolster carp industry infrastructure regionally, and record-keeping/catch accounting requirements.

 

Bycatch: Fishing gear has the potential to interact with endangered or threatened sturgeons. At present, bycatch rates of endangered pallid sturgeon and threatened lake sturgeon are reportedly low in targeted carp fisheries.

Learn more about harvest methods

Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Carp, Common

Cyprinus carpio

Method

Wild

Gillnets and entangling nets

Location

U.S. - Arkansas, North America - Inland waters: Mississippi River Basin

Overall Rating

3.167 / 5

Summary

This carp species is non-native and invasive within the Mississippi River Basin. Its continued range expansion threatens regional waterway sustainability via competition and predation on native species and by disrupting aquatic plant ecology.


Stock status: Species is non-native (invasive), therefore overfishing is not a concern.


Ecosytem impacts:  Commercial fisheries and efforts to control the spread of invasive carp generally enhance Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Mississippi River basin by supporting local ecology and native species.


Management: Effectiveness varies by state, with some state policies prohibiting the stocking of Asian carp, the establishment of carp Harvest Incentive Programs to bolster carp industry infrastructure regionally, and record-keeping/catch accounting requirements.

 

Bycatch: Fishing gear has the potential to interact with endangered or threatened sturgeons. At present, bycatch rates of endangered pallid sturgeon and threatened lake sturgeon are reportedly low in targeted carp fisheries.

Learn more about harvest methods

Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Carp, Common

Cyprinus carpio

Method

Wild

Gillnets and entangling nets

Location

U.S. - Illinois, North America - Inland waters: Mississippi River Basin

Overall Rating

3.403 / 5

Summary

This carp species is non-native and invasive within the Mississippi River Basin. Its continued range expansion threatens regional waterway sustainability via competition and predation on native species and by disrupting aquatic plant ecology.


Stock status: Species is non-native (invasive), therefore overfishing is not a concern.


Ecosytem impacts:  Commercial fisheries and efforts to control the spread of invasive carp generally enhance Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Mississippi River basin by supporting local ecology and native species.


Management: Effectiveness varies by state, with some state policies prohibiting the stocking of Asian carp, the establishment of carp Harvest Incentive Programs to bolster carp industry infrastructure regionally, and record-keeping/catch accounting requirements.

 

Bycatch: Fishing gear has the potential to interact with endangered or threatened sturgeons. At present, bycatch rates of endangered pallid sturgeon and threatened lake sturgeon are reportedly low in targeted carp fisheries.

Learn more about harvest methods

Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Carp, Bighead

Hypophthalmichthys nobilis

Method

Wild

Seine nets

Location

U.S. - Louisiana, North America - Inland waters: Mississippi River Basin

Overall Rating

3.403 / 5

Summary

This carp species is non-native and invasive within the Mississippi River Basin. Its continued range expansion threatens regional waterway sustainability via competition and predation on native species and by disrupting aquatic plant ecology.


Stock status: Species is non-native (invasive), therefore overfishing is not a concern.


Ecosytem impacts:  Commercial fisheries and efforts to control the spread of invasive carp generally enhance Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Mississippi River basin by supporting local ecology and native species.


Management: Effectiveness varies by state, with some state policies prohibiting the stocking of Asian carp, the establishment of carp Harvest Incentive Programs to bolster carp industry infrastructure regionally, and record-keeping/catch accounting requirements.

 

Bycatch: Fishing gear has the potential to interact with endangered or threatened sturgeons. At present, bycatch rates of endangered pallid sturgeon and threatened lake sturgeon are reportedly low in targeted carp fisheries.

Learn more about harvest methods

Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Carp, Common

Cyprinus carpio

Method

Wild

Barriers, fences, weirs, corrals, etc.

Location

U.S. - Illinois, North America - Inland waters: Mississippi River Basin

Overall Rating

3.403 / 5

Summary

This carp species is non-native and invasive within the Mississippi River Basin. Its continued range expansion threatens regional waterway sustainability via competition and predation on native species and by disrupting aquatic plant ecology.


Stock status: Species is non-native (invasive), therefore overfishing is not a concern.


Ecosytem impacts:  Commercial fisheries and efforts to control the spread of invasive carp generally enhance Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Mississippi River basin by supporting local ecology and native species.


Management: Effectiveness varies by state, with some state policies prohibiting the stocking of Asian carp, the establishment of carp Harvest Incentive Programs to bolster carp industry infrastructure regionally, and record-keeping/catch accounting requirements.

 

Bycatch: Fishing gear has the potential to interact with endangered or threatened sturgeons. At present, bycatch rates of endangered pallid sturgeon and threatened lake sturgeon are reportedly low in targeted carp fisheries.

Learn more about harvest methods

Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Carp, Grass

Ctenopharyngodon idella

Method

Wild

Gillnets and entangling nets

Location

U.S. - Indiana, North America - Inland waters: Mississippi River Basin

Overall Rating

3.403 / 5

Summary

This carp species is non-native and invasive within the Mississippi River Basin. Its continued range expansion threatens regional waterway sustainability via competition and predation on native species and by disrupting aquatic plant ecology.


Stock status: Species is non-native (invasive), therefore overfishing is not a concern.


Ecosytem impacts:  Commercial fisheries and efforts to control the spread of invasive carp generally enhance Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Mississippi River basin by supporting local ecology and native species.


Management: Effectiveness varies by state, with some state policies prohibiting the stocking of Asian carp, the establishment of carp Harvest Incentive Programs to bolster carp industry infrastructure regionally, and record-keeping/catch accounting requirements.

 

Bycatch: Fishing gear has the potential to interact with endangered or threatened sturgeons. At present, bycatch rates of endangered pallid sturgeon and threatened lake sturgeon are reportedly low in targeted carp fisheries.

Learn more about harvest methods

Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Carp, Grass

Ctenopharyngodon idella

Method

Wild

Barriers, fences, weirs, corrals, etc.

Location

U.S. - Indiana, North America - Inland waters: Mississippi River Basin

Overall Rating

3.403 / 5

Summary

This carp species is non-native and invasive within the Mississippi River Basin. Its continued range expansion threatens regional waterway sustainability via competition and predation on native species and by disrupting aquatic plant ecology.


Stock status: Species is non-native (invasive), therefore overfishing is not a concern.


Ecosytem impacts:  Commercial fisheries and efforts to control the spread of invasive carp generally enhance Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Mississippi River basin by supporting local ecology and native species.


Management: Effectiveness varies by state, with some state policies prohibiting the stocking of Asian carp, the establishment of carp Harvest Incentive Programs to bolster carp industry infrastructure regionally, and record-keeping/catch accounting requirements.

 

Bycatch: Fishing gear has the potential to interact with endangered or threatened sturgeons. At present, bycatch rates of endangered pallid sturgeon and threatened lake sturgeon are reportedly low in targeted carp fisheries.

Learn more about harvest methods

Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Carp, Bighead

Hypophthalmichthys nobilis

Method

Wild

Gillnets and entangling nets

Location

U.S. - Illinois, North America - Inland waters: Mississippi River Basin

Overall Rating

3.403 / 5

Summary

This carp species is non-native and invasive within the Mississippi River Basin. Its continued range expansion threatens regional waterway sustainability via competition and predation on native species and by disrupting aquatic plant ecology.


Stock status: Species is non-native (invasive), therefore overfishing is not a concern.


Ecosytem impacts:  Commercial fisheries and efforts to control the spread of invasive carp generally enhance Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Mississippi River basin by supporting local ecology and native species.


Management: Effectiveness varies by state, with some state policies prohibiting the stocking of Asian carp, the establishment of carp Harvest Incentive Programs to bolster carp industry infrastructure regionally, and record-keeping/catch accounting requirements.

 

Bycatch: Fishing gear has the potential to interact with endangered or threatened sturgeons. At present, bycatch rates of endangered pallid sturgeon and threatened lake sturgeon are reportedly low in targeted carp fisheries.

Learn more about harvest methods

Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Carp, Common

Cyprinus carpio

Method

Wild

Gillnets and entangling nets

Location

U.S. - Tennessee, North America - Inland waters: Mississippi River Basin

Overall Rating

3.403 / 5

Summary

This carp species is non-native and invasive within the Mississippi River Basin. Its continued range expansion threatens regional waterway sustainability via competition and predation on native species and by disrupting aquatic plant ecology.


Stock status: Species is non-native (invasive), therefore overfishing is not a concern.


Ecosytem impacts:  Commercial fisheries and efforts to control the spread of invasive carp generally enhance Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Mississippi River basin by supporting local ecology and native species.


Management: Effectiveness varies by state, with some state policies prohibiting the stocking of Asian carp, the establishment of carp Harvest Incentive Programs to bolster carp industry infrastructure regionally, and record-keeping/catch accounting requirements.

 

Bycatch: Fishing gear has the potential to interact with endangered or threatened sturgeons. At present, bycatch rates of endangered pallid sturgeon and threatened lake sturgeon are reportedly low in targeted carp fisheries.

Learn more about harvest methods

Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Carp, Bighead

Hypophthalmichthys nobilis

Method

Wild

Seine nets

Location

U.S. - Iowa, North America - Inland waters: Mississippi River Basin

Overall Rating

3.167 / 5

Summary

This carp species is non-native and invasive within the Mississippi River Basin. Its continued range expansion threatens regional waterway sustainability via competition and predation on native species and by disrupting aquatic plant ecology.


Stock status: Species is non-native (invasive), therefore overfishing is not a concern.


Ecosytem impacts:  Commercial fisheries and efforts to control the spread of invasive carp generally enhance Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Mississippi River basin by supporting local ecology and native species.


Management: Effectiveness varies by state, with some state policies prohibiting the stocking of Asian carp, the establishment of carp Harvest Incentive Programs to bolster carp industry infrastructure regionally, and record-keeping/catch accounting requirements.

 

Bycatch: Fishing gear has the potential to interact with endangered or threatened sturgeons. At present, bycatch rates of endangered pallid sturgeon and threatened lake sturgeon are reportedly low in targeted carp fisheries.

Learn more about harvest methods

Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Carp, Bighead

Hypophthalmichthys nobilis

Method

Wild

Barriers, fences, weirs, corrals, etc.

Location

U.S. - Illinois, North America - Inland waters: Mississippi River Basin

Overall Rating

3.403 / 5

Summary

This carp species is non-native and invasive within the Mississippi River Basin. Its continued range expansion threatens regional waterway sustainability via competition and predation on native species and by disrupting aquatic plant ecology.


Stock status: Species is non-native (invasive), therefore overfishing is not a concern.


Ecosytem impacts:  Commercial fisheries and efforts to control the spread of invasive carp generally enhance Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Mississippi River basin by supporting local ecology and native species.


Management: Effectiveness varies by state, with some state policies prohibiting the stocking of Asian carp, the establishment of carp Harvest Incentive Programs to bolster carp industry infrastructure regionally, and record-keeping/catch accounting requirements.

 

Bycatch: Fishing gear has the potential to interact with endangered or threatened sturgeons. At present, bycatch rates of endangered pallid sturgeon and threatened lake sturgeon are reportedly low in targeted carp fisheries.

Learn more about harvest methods

Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Carp, Bighead

Hypophthalmichthys nobilis

Method

Wild

Seine nets

Location

U.S. - Illinois, North America - Inland waters: Mississippi River Basin

Overall Rating

3.403 / 5

Summary

This carp species is non-native and invasive within the Mississippi River Basin. Its continued range expansion threatens regional waterway sustainability via competition and predation on native species and by disrupting aquatic plant ecology.


Stock status: Species is non-native (invasive), therefore overfishing is not a concern.


Ecosytem impacts:  Commercial fisheries and efforts to control the spread of invasive carp generally enhance Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Mississippi River basin by supporting local ecology and native species.


Management: Effectiveness varies by state, with some state policies prohibiting the stocking of Asian carp, the establishment of carp Harvest Incentive Programs to bolster carp industry infrastructure regionally, and record-keeping/catch accounting requirements.

 

Bycatch: Fishing gear has the potential to interact with endangered or threatened sturgeons. At present, bycatch rates of endangered pallid sturgeon and threatened lake sturgeon are reportedly low in targeted carp fisheries.

Learn more about harvest methods

Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Carp, Bighead

Hypophthalmichthys nobilis

Method

Wild

Gillnets and entangling nets

Location

U.S. - Arkansas, North America - Inland waters: Mississippi River Basin

Overall Rating

3.167 / 5

Summary

This carp species is non-native and invasive within the Mississippi River Basin. Its continued range expansion threatens regional waterway sustainability via competition and predation on native species and by disrupting aquatic plant ecology.


Stock status: Species is non-native (invasive), therefore overfishing is not a concern.


Ecosytem impacts:  Commercial fisheries and efforts to control the spread of invasive carp generally enhance Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Mississippi River basin by supporting local ecology and native species.


Management: Effectiveness varies by state, with some state policies prohibiting the stocking of Asian carp, the establishment of carp Harvest Incentive Programs to bolster carp industry infrastructure regionally, and record-keeping/catch accounting requirements.

 

Bycatch: Fishing gear has the potential to interact with endangered or threatened sturgeons. At present, bycatch rates of endangered pallid sturgeon and threatened lake sturgeon are reportedly low in targeted carp fisheries.

Learn more about harvest methods

Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Carp, Common

Cyprinus carpio

Method

Wild

Barriers, fences, weirs, corrals, etc.

Location

U.S. - North America - Inland waters: Great Lakes

Overall Rating

3.423 / 5

Summary

This carp species is non-native and invasive within the Mississippi River Basin. Its continued range expansion threatens regional waterway sustainability via competition and predation on native species and by disrupting aquatic plant ecology.


Stock status: Species is non-native (invasive), therefore overfishing is not a concern.


Ecosytem impacts:  Commercial fisheries and efforts to control the spread of invasive carp generally enhance Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Mississippi River basin by supporting local ecology and native species.


Management: Effectiveness varies by state, with some state policies prohibiting the stocking of Asian carp, the establishment of carp Harvest Incentive Programs to bolster carp industry infrastructure regionally, and record-keeping/catch accounting requirements.

 

Bycatch: Fishing gear has the potential to interact with endangered or threatened sturgeons. At present, bycatch rates of endangered pallid sturgeon and threatened lake sturgeon are reportedly low in targeted carp fisheries.

Learn more about harvest methods

Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Carp, Bighead

Hypophthalmichthys nobilis

Method

Wild

Gillnets and entangling nets

Location

U.S. - Indiana, North America - Inland waters: Mississippi River Basin

Overall Rating

3.403 / 5

Summary

This carp species is non-native and invasive within the Mississippi River Basin. Its continued range expansion threatens regional waterway sustainability via competition and predation on native species and by disrupting aquatic plant ecology.


Stock status: Species is non-native (invasive), therefore overfishing is not a concern.


Ecosytem impacts:  Commercial fisheries and efforts to control the spread of invasive carp generally enhance Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Mississippi River basin by supporting local ecology and native species.


Management: Effectiveness varies by state, with some state policies prohibiting the stocking of Asian carp, the establishment of carp Harvest Incentive Programs to bolster carp industry infrastructure regionally, and record-keeping/catch accounting requirements.

 

Bycatch: Fishing gear has the potential to interact with endangered or threatened sturgeons. At present, bycatch rates of endangered pallid sturgeon and threatened lake sturgeon are reportedly low in targeted carp fisheries.

Learn more about harvest methods

Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Carp, Bighead

Hypophthalmichthys nobilis

Method

Wild

Barriers, fences, weirs, corrals, etc.

Location

U.S. - Iowa, North America - Inland waters: Mississippi River Basin

Overall Rating

3.167 / 5

Summary

This carp species is non-native and invasive within the Mississippi River Basin. Its continued range expansion threatens regional waterway sustainability via competition and predation on native species and by disrupting aquatic plant ecology.


Stock status: Species is non-native (invasive), therefore overfishing is not a concern.


Ecosytem impacts:  Commercial fisheries and efforts to control the spread of invasive carp generally enhance Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Mississippi River basin by supporting local ecology and native species.


Management: Effectiveness varies by state, with some state policies prohibiting the stocking of Asian carp, the establishment of carp Harvest Incentive Programs to bolster carp industry infrastructure regionally, and record-keeping/catch accounting requirements.

 

Bycatch: Fishing gear has the potential to interact with endangered or threatened sturgeons. At present, bycatch rates of endangered pallid sturgeon and threatened lake sturgeon are reportedly low in targeted carp fisheries.

Learn more about harvest methods

Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Carp, Bighead

Hypophthalmichthys nobilis

Method

Wild

Gillnets and entangling nets

Location

U.S. - Iowa, North America - Inland waters: Mississippi River Basin

Overall Rating

3.167 / 5

Summary

This carp species is non-native and invasive within the Mississippi River Basin. Its continued range expansion threatens regional waterway sustainability via competition and predation on native species and by disrupting aquatic plant ecology.


Stock status: Species is non-native (invasive), therefore overfishing is not a concern.


Ecosytem impacts:  Commercial fisheries and efforts to control the spread of invasive carp generally enhance Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Mississippi River basin by supporting local ecology and native species.


Management: Effectiveness varies by state, with some state policies prohibiting the stocking of Asian carp, the establishment of carp Harvest Incentive Programs to bolster carp industry infrastructure regionally, and record-keeping/catch accounting requirements.

 

Bycatch: Fishing gear has the potential to interact with endangered or threatened sturgeons. At present, bycatch rates of endangered pallid sturgeon and threatened lake sturgeon are reportedly low in targeted carp fisheries.

Learn more about harvest methods

Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Carp, Grass

Ctenopharyngodon idella

Method

Wild

Gillnets and entangling nets

Location

U.S. - Arkansas, North America - Inland waters: Mississippi River Basin

Overall Rating

3.167 / 5

Summary

This carp species is non-native and invasive within the Mississippi River Basin. Its continued range expansion threatens regional waterway sustainability via competition and predation on native species and by disrupting aquatic plant ecology.


Stock status: Species is non-native (invasive), therefore overfishing is not a concern.


Ecosytem impacts:  Commercial fisheries and efforts to control the spread of invasive carp generally enhance Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Mississippi River basin by supporting local ecology and native species.


Management: Effectiveness varies by state, with some state policies prohibiting the stocking of Asian carp, the establishment of carp Harvest Incentive Programs to bolster carp industry infrastructure regionally, and record-keeping/catch accounting requirements.

 

Bycatch: Fishing gear has the potential to interact with endangered or threatened sturgeons. At present, bycatch rates of endangered pallid sturgeon and threatened lake sturgeon are reportedly low in targeted carp fisheries.

Learn more about harvest methods

Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Carp, Grass

Ctenopharyngodon idella

Method

Wild

Barriers, fences, weirs, corrals, etc.

Location

U.S. - Iowa, North America - Inland waters: Mississippi River Basin

Overall Rating

3.167 / 5

Summary

This carp species is non-native and invasive within the Mississippi River Basin. Its continued range expansion threatens regional waterway sustainability via competition and predation on native species and by disrupting aquatic plant ecology.


Stock status: Species is non-native (invasive), therefore overfishing is not a concern.


Ecosytem impacts:  Commercial fisheries and efforts to control the spread of invasive carp generally enhance Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Mississippi River basin by supporting local ecology and native species.


Management: Effectiveness varies by state, with some state policies prohibiting the stocking of Asian carp, the establishment of carp Harvest Incentive Programs to bolster carp industry infrastructure regionally, and record-keeping/catch accounting requirements.

 

Bycatch: Fishing gear has the potential to interact with endangered or threatened sturgeons. At present, bycatch rates of endangered pallid sturgeon and threatened lake sturgeon are reportedly low in targeted carp fisheries.

Learn more about harvest methods

Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Carp, Grass

Ctenopharyngodon idella

Method

Wild

Gillnets and entangling nets

Location

U.S. - Iowa, North America - Inland waters: Mississippi River Basin

Overall Rating

3.167 / 5

Summary

This carp species is non-native and invasive within the Mississippi River Basin. Its continued range expansion threatens regional waterway sustainability via competition and predation on native species and by disrupting aquatic plant ecology.


Stock status: Species is non-native (invasive), therefore overfishing is not a concern.


Ecosytem impacts:  Commercial fisheries and efforts to control the spread of invasive carp generally enhance Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Mississippi River basin by supporting local ecology and native species.


Management: Effectiveness varies by state, with some state policies prohibiting the stocking of Asian carp, the establishment of carp Harvest Incentive Programs to bolster carp industry infrastructure regionally, and record-keeping/catch accounting requirements.

 

Bycatch: Fishing gear has the potential to interact with endangered or threatened sturgeons. At present, bycatch rates of endangered pallid sturgeon and threatened lake sturgeon are reportedly low in targeted carp fisheries.

Learn more about harvest methods

Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Carp, Grass

Ctenopharyngodon idella

Method

Wild

Gillnets and entangling nets

Location

U.S. - Illinois, North America - Inland waters: Mississippi River Basin

Overall Rating

3.403 / 5

Summary

This carp species is non-native and invasive within the Mississippi River Basin. Its continued range expansion threatens regional waterway sustainability via competition and predation on native species and by disrupting aquatic plant ecology.


Stock status: Species is non-native (invasive), therefore overfishing is not a concern.


Ecosytem impacts:  Commercial fisheries and efforts to control the spread of invasive carp generally enhance Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Mississippi River basin by supporting local ecology and native species.


Management: Effectiveness varies by state, with some state policies prohibiting the stocking of Asian carp, the establishment of carp Harvest Incentive Programs to bolster carp industry infrastructure regionally, and record-keeping/catch accounting requirements.

 

Bycatch: Fishing gear has the potential to interact with endangered or threatened sturgeons. At present, bycatch rates of endangered pallid sturgeon and threatened lake sturgeon are reportedly low in targeted carp fisheries.

Learn more about harvest methods

Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Carp, Grass

Ctenopharyngodon idella

Method

Wild

Barriers, fences, weirs, corrals, etc.

Location

U.S. - Illinois, North America - Inland waters: Mississippi River Basin

Overall Rating

3.403 / 5

Summary

This carp species is non-native and invasive within the Mississippi River Basin. Its continued range expansion threatens regional waterway sustainability via competition and predation on native species and by disrupting aquatic plant ecology.


Stock status: Species is non-native (invasive), therefore overfishing is not a concern.


Ecosytem impacts:  Commercial fisheries and efforts to control the spread of invasive carp generally enhance Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Mississippi River basin by supporting local ecology and native species.


Management: Effectiveness varies by state, with some state policies prohibiting the stocking of Asian carp, the establishment of carp Harvest Incentive Programs to bolster carp industry infrastructure regionally, and record-keeping/catch accounting requirements.

 

Bycatch: Fishing gear has the potential to interact with endangered or threatened sturgeons. At present, bycatch rates of endangered pallid sturgeon and threatened lake sturgeon are reportedly low in targeted carp fisheries.

Learn more about harvest methods

Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Carp, Bighead

Hypophthalmichthys nobilis

Method

Wild

Barriers, fences, weirs, corrals, etc.

Location

U.S. - Indiana, North America - Inland waters: Mississippi River Basin

Overall Rating

3.403 / 5

Summary

This carp species is non-native and invasive within the Mississippi River Basin. Its continued range expansion threatens regional waterway sustainability via competition and predation on native species and by disrupting aquatic plant ecology.


Stock status: Species is non-native (invasive), therefore overfishing is not a concern.


Ecosytem impacts:  Commercial fisheries and efforts to control the spread of invasive carp generally enhance Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Mississippi River basin by supporting local ecology and native species.


Management: Effectiveness varies by state, with some state policies prohibiting the stocking of Asian carp, the establishment of carp Harvest Incentive Programs to bolster carp industry infrastructure regionally, and record-keeping/catch accounting requirements.

 

Bycatch: Fishing gear has the potential to interact with endangered or threatened sturgeons. At present, bycatch rates of endangered pallid sturgeon and threatened lake sturgeon are reportedly low in targeted carp fisheries.

Learn more about harvest methods

Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Carp, Grass

Ctenopharyngodon idella

Method

Wild

Seine nets

Location

U.S. - Illinois, North America - Inland waters: Mississippi River Basin

Overall Rating

3.403 / 5

Summary

This carp species is non-native and invasive within the Mississippi River Basin. Its continued range expansion threatens regional waterway sustainability via competition and predation on native species and by disrupting aquatic plant ecology.


Stock status: Species is non-native (invasive), therefore overfishing is not a concern.


Ecosytem impacts:  Commercial fisheries and efforts to control the spread of invasive carp generally enhance Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Mississippi River basin by supporting local ecology and native species.


Management: Effectiveness varies by state, with some state policies prohibiting the stocking of Asian carp, the establishment of carp Harvest Incentive Programs to bolster carp industry infrastructure regionally, and record-keeping/catch accounting requirements.

 

Bycatch: Fishing gear has the potential to interact with endangered or threatened sturgeons. At present, bycatch rates of endangered pallid sturgeon and threatened lake sturgeon are reportedly low in targeted carp fisheries.

Learn more about harvest methods

Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Carp, Grass

Ctenopharyngodon idella

Method

Wild

Barriers, fences, weirs, corrals, etc.

Location

U.S. - Mississippi, North America - Inland waters: Mississippi River Basin

Overall Rating

3.167 / 5

Summary

This carp species is non-native and invasive within the Mississippi River Basin. Its continued range expansion threatens regional waterway sustainability via competition and predation on native species and by disrupting aquatic plant ecology.


Stock status: Species is non-native (invasive), therefore overfishing is not a concern.


Ecosytem impacts:  Commercial fisheries and efforts to control the spread of invasive carp generally enhance Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Mississippi River basin by supporting local ecology and native species.


Management: Effectiveness varies by state, with some state policies prohibiting the stocking of Asian carp, the establishment of carp Harvest Incentive Programs to bolster carp industry infrastructure regionally, and record-keeping/catch accounting requirements.

 

Bycatch: Fishing gear has the potential to interact with endangered or threatened sturgeons. At present, bycatch rates of endangered pallid sturgeon and threatened lake sturgeon are reportedly low in targeted carp fisheries.

Learn more about harvest methods

Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Carp, Grass

Ctenopharyngodon idella

Method

Wild

Gillnets and entangling nets

Location

U.S. - Mississippi, North America - Inland waters: Mississippi River Basin

Overall Rating

3.167 / 5

Summary

This carp species is non-native and invasive within the Mississippi River Basin. Its continued range expansion threatens regional waterway sustainability via competition and predation on native species and by disrupting aquatic plant ecology.


Stock status: Species is non-native (invasive), therefore overfishing is not a concern.


Ecosytem impacts:  Commercial fisheries and efforts to control the spread of invasive carp generally enhance Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Mississippi River basin by supporting local ecology and native species.


Management: Effectiveness varies by state, with some state policies prohibiting the stocking of Asian carp, the establishment of carp Harvest Incentive Programs to bolster carp industry infrastructure regionally, and record-keeping/catch accounting requirements.

 

Bycatch: Fishing gear has the potential to interact with endangered or threatened sturgeons. At present, bycatch rates of endangered pallid sturgeon and threatened lake sturgeon are reportedly low in targeted carp fisheries.

Learn more about harvest methods

Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Carp, Silver

Hypophthalmichthys molitrix

Method

Wild

Barriers, fences, weirs, corrals, etc.

Location

U.S. - Iowa, North America - Inland waters: Mississippi River Basin

Overall Rating

3.167 / 5

Summary

This carp species is non-native and invasive within the Mississippi River Basin. Its continued range expansion threatens regional waterway sustainability via competition and predation on native species and by disrupting aquatic plant ecology.


Stock status: Species is non-native (invasive), therefore overfishing is not a concern.


Ecosytem impacts:  Commercial fisheries and efforts to control the spread of invasive carp generally enhance Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Mississippi River basin by supporting local ecology and native species.


Management: Effectiveness varies by state, with some state policies prohibiting the stocking of Asian carp, the establishment of carp Harvest Incentive Programs to bolster carp industry infrastructure regionally, and record-keeping/catch accounting requirements.

 

Bycatch: Fishing gear has the potential to interact with endangered or threatened sturgeons. At present, bycatch rates of endangered pallid sturgeon and threatened lake sturgeon are reportedly low in targeted carp fisheries.

Learn more about harvest methods

Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Carp, Silver

Hypophthalmichthys molitrix

Method

Wild

Gillnets and entangling nets

Location

U.S. - Iowa, North America - Inland waters: Mississippi River Basin

Overall Rating

3.167 / 5

Summary

This carp species is non-native and invasive within the Mississippi River Basin. Its continued range expansion threatens regional waterway sustainability via competition and predation on native species and by disrupting aquatic plant ecology.


Stock status: Species is non-native (invasive), therefore overfishing is not a concern.


Ecosytem impacts:  Commercial fisheries and efforts to control the spread of invasive carp generally enhance Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Mississippi River basin by supporting local ecology and native species.


Management: Effectiveness varies by state, with some state policies prohibiting the stocking of Asian carp, the establishment of carp Harvest Incentive Programs to bolster carp industry infrastructure regionally, and record-keeping/catch accounting requirements.

 

Bycatch: Fishing gear has the potential to interact with endangered or threatened sturgeons. At present, bycatch rates of endangered pallid sturgeon and threatened lake sturgeon are reportedly low in targeted carp fisheries.

Learn more about harvest methods

Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Carp, Silver

Hypophthalmichthys molitrix

Method

Wild

Barriers, fences, weirs, corrals, etc.

Location

U.S. - Indiana, North America - Inland waters: Mississippi River Basin

Overall Rating

3.403 / 5

Summary

This carp species is non-native and invasive within the Mississippi River Basin. Its continued range expansion threatens regional waterway sustainability via competition and predation on native species and by disrupting aquatic plant ecology.


Stock status: Species is non-native (invasive), therefore overfishing is not a concern.


Ecosytem impacts:  Commercial fisheries and efforts to control the spread of invasive carp generally enhance Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Mississippi River basin by supporting local ecology and native species.


Management: Effectiveness varies by state, with some state policies prohibiting the stocking of Asian carp, the establishment of carp Harvest Incentive Programs to bolster carp industry infrastructure regionally, and record-keeping/catch accounting requirements.

 

Bycatch: Fishing gear has the potential to interact with endangered or threatened sturgeons. At present, bycatch rates of endangered pallid sturgeon and threatened lake sturgeon are reportedly low in targeted carp fisheries.

Learn more about harvest methods

Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Carp, Silver

Hypophthalmichthys molitrix

Method

Wild

Seine nets

Location

U.S. - Iowa, North America - Inland waters: Mississippi River Basin

Overall Rating

3.167 / 5

Summary

This carp species is non-native and invasive within the Mississippi River Basin. Its continued range expansion threatens regional waterway sustainability via competition and predation on native species and by disrupting aquatic plant ecology.


Stock status: Species is non-native (invasive), therefore overfishing is not a concern.


Ecosytem impacts:  Commercial fisheries and efforts to control the spread of invasive carp generally enhance Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Mississippi River basin by supporting local ecology and native species.


Management: Effectiveness varies by state, with some state policies prohibiting the stocking of Asian carp, the establishment of carp Harvest Incentive Programs to bolster carp industry infrastructure regionally, and record-keeping/catch accounting requirements.

 

Bycatch: Fishing gear has the potential to interact with endangered or threatened sturgeons. At present, bycatch rates of endangered pallid sturgeon and threatened lake sturgeon are reportedly low in targeted carp fisheries.

Learn more about harvest methods

Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Carp, Silver

Hypophthalmichthys molitrix

Method

Wild

Gillnets and entangling nets

Location

U.S. - Illinois, North America - Inland waters: Mississippi River Basin

Overall Rating

3.403 / 5

Summary

This carp species is non-native and invasive within the Mississippi River Basin. Its continued range expansion threatens regional waterway sustainability via competition and predation on native species and by disrupting aquatic plant ecology.


Stock status: Species is non-native (invasive), therefore overfishing is not a concern.


Ecosytem impacts:  Commercial fisheries and efforts to control the spread of invasive carp generally enhance Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Mississippi River basin by supporting local ecology and native species.


Management: Effectiveness varies by state, with some state policies prohibiting the stocking of Asian carp, the establishment of carp Harvest Incentive Programs to bolster carp industry infrastructure regionally, and record-keeping/catch accounting requirements.

 

Bycatch: Fishing gear has the potential to interact with endangered or threatened sturgeons. At present, bycatch rates of endangered pallid sturgeon and threatened lake sturgeon are reportedly low in targeted carp fisheries.

Learn more about harvest methods

Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Carp, Grass

Ctenopharyngodon idella

Method

Wild

Gillnets and entangling nets

Location

U.S. - Missouri, North America - Inland waters: Mississippi River Basin

Overall Rating

3.167 / 5

Summary

This carp species is non-native and invasive within the Mississippi River Basin. Its continued range expansion threatens regional waterway sustainability via competition and predation on native species and by disrupting aquatic plant ecology.


Stock status: Species is non-native (invasive), therefore overfishing is not a concern.


Ecosytem impacts:  Commercial fisheries and efforts to control the spread of invasive carp generally enhance Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Mississippi River basin by supporting local ecology and native species.


Management: Effectiveness varies by state, with some state policies prohibiting the stocking of Asian carp, the establishment of carp Harvest Incentive Programs to bolster carp industry infrastructure regionally, and record-keeping/catch accounting requirements.

 

Bycatch: Fishing gear has the potential to interact with endangered or threatened sturgeons. At present, bycatch rates of endangered pallid sturgeon and threatened lake sturgeon are reportedly low in targeted carp fisheries.

Learn more about harvest methods

Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Carp, Silver

Hypophthalmichthys molitrix

Method

Wild

Seine nets

Location

U.S. - Illinois, North America - Inland waters: Mississippi River Basin

Overall Rating

3.403 / 5

Summary

This carp species is non-native and invasive within the Mississippi River Basin. Its continued range expansion threatens regional waterway sustainability via competition and predation on native species and by disrupting aquatic plant ecology.


Stock status: Species is non-native (invasive), therefore overfishing is not a concern.


Ecosytem impacts:  Commercial fisheries and efforts to control the spread of invasive carp generally enhance Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Mississippi River basin by supporting local ecology and native species.


Management: Effectiveness varies by state, with some state policies prohibiting the stocking of Asian carp, the establishment of carp Harvest Incentive Programs to bolster carp industry infrastructure regionally, and record-keeping/catch accounting requirements.

 

Bycatch: Fishing gear has the potential to interact with endangered or threatened sturgeons. At present, bycatch rates of endangered pallid sturgeon and threatened lake sturgeon are reportedly low in targeted carp fisheries.

Learn more about harvest methods

Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Carp, Silver

Hypophthalmichthys molitrix

Method

Wild

Barriers, fences, weirs, corrals, etc.

Location

U.S. - Illinois, North America - Inland waters: Mississippi River Basin

Overall Rating

3.403 / 5

Summary

This carp species is non-native and invasive within the Mississippi River Basin. Its continued range expansion threatens regional waterway sustainability via competition and predation on native species and by disrupting aquatic plant ecology.


Stock status: Species is non-native (invasive), therefore overfishing is not a concern.


Ecosytem impacts:  Commercial fisheries and efforts to control the spread of invasive carp generally enhance Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Mississippi River basin by supporting local ecology and native species.


Management: Effectiveness varies by state, with some state policies prohibiting the stocking of Asian carp, the establishment of carp Harvest Incentive Programs to bolster carp industry infrastructure regionally, and record-keeping/catch accounting requirements.

 

Bycatch: Fishing gear has the potential to interact with endangered or threatened sturgeons. At present, bycatch rates of endangered pallid sturgeon and threatened lake sturgeon are reportedly low in targeted carp fisheries.

Learn more about harvest methods

Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Carp, Silver

Hypophthalmichthys molitrix

Method

Wild

Gillnets and entangling nets

Location

U.S. - Indiana, North America - Inland waters: Mississippi River Basin

Overall Rating

3.403 / 5

Summary

This carp species is non-native and invasive within the Mississippi River Basin. Its continued range expansion threatens regional waterway sustainability via competition and predation on native species and by disrupting aquatic plant ecology.


Stock status: Species is non-native (invasive), therefore overfishing is not a concern.


Ecosytem impacts:  Commercial fisheries and efforts to control the spread of invasive carp generally enhance Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Mississippi River basin by supporting local ecology and native species.


Management: Effectiveness varies by state, with some state policies prohibiting the stocking of Asian carp, the establishment of carp Harvest Incentive Programs to bolster carp industry infrastructure regionally, and record-keeping/catch accounting requirements.

 

Bycatch: Fishing gear has the potential to interact with endangered or threatened sturgeons. At present, bycatch rates of endangered pallid sturgeon and threatened lake sturgeon are reportedly low in targeted carp fisheries.

Learn more about harvest methods

Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Carp, Silver

Hypophthalmichthys molitrix

Method

Wild

Gillnets and entangling nets

Location

U.S. - Louisiana, North America - Inland waters: Mississippi River Basin

Overall Rating

3.403 / 5

Summary

This carp species is non-native and invasive within the Mississippi River Basin. Its continued range expansion threatens regional waterway sustainability via competition and predation on native species and by disrupting aquatic plant ecology.


Stock status: Species is non-native (invasive), therefore overfishing is not a concern.


Ecosytem impacts:  Commercial fisheries and efforts to control the spread of invasive carp generally enhance Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Mississippi River basin by supporting local ecology and native species.


Management: Effectiveness varies by state, with some state policies prohibiting the stocking of Asian carp, the establishment of carp Harvest Incentive Programs to bolster carp industry infrastructure regionally, and record-keeping/catch accounting requirements.

 

Bycatch: Fishing gear has the potential to interact with endangered or threatened sturgeons. At present, bycatch rates of endangered pallid sturgeon and threatened lake sturgeon are reportedly low in targeted carp fisheries.

Learn more about harvest methods

Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Carp, Silver

Hypophthalmichthys molitrix

Method

Wild

Gillnets and entangling nets

Location

U.S. - Tennessee, North America - Inland waters: Mississippi River Basin

Overall Rating

3.403 / 5

Summary

This carp species is non-native and invasive within the Mississippi River Basin. Its continued range expansion threatens regional waterway sustainability via competition and predation on native species and by disrupting aquatic plant ecology.


Stock status: Species is non-native (invasive), therefore overfishing is not a concern.


Ecosytem impacts:  Commercial fisheries and efforts to control the spread of invasive carp generally enhance Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Mississippi River basin by supporting local ecology and native species.


Management: Effectiveness varies by state, with some state policies prohibiting the stocking of Asian carp, the establishment of carp Harvest Incentive Programs to bolster carp industry infrastructure regionally, and record-keeping/catch accounting requirements.

 

Bycatch: Fishing gear has the potential to interact with endangered or threatened sturgeons. At present, bycatch rates of endangered pallid sturgeon and threatened lake sturgeon are reportedly low in targeted carp fisheries.

Learn more about harvest methods

Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Carp, Silver

Hypophthalmichthys molitrix

Method

Wild

Seine nets

Location

U.S. - Missouri, North America - Inland waters: Mississippi River Basin

Overall Rating

3.167 / 5

Summary

This carp species is non-native and invasive within the Mississippi River Basin. Its continued range expansion threatens regional waterway sustainability via competition and predation on native species and by disrupting aquatic plant ecology.


Stock status: Species is non-native (invasive), therefore overfishing is not a concern.


Ecosytem impacts:  Commercial fisheries and efforts to control the spread of invasive carp generally enhance Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Mississippi River basin by supporting local ecology and native species.


Management: Effectiveness varies by state, with some state policies prohibiting the stocking of Asian carp, the establishment of carp Harvest Incentive Programs to bolster carp industry infrastructure regionally, and record-keeping/catch accounting requirements.

 

Bycatch: Fishing gear has the potential to interact with endangered or threatened sturgeons. At present, bycatch rates of endangered pallid sturgeon and threatened lake sturgeon are reportedly low in targeted carp fisheries.

Learn more about harvest methods

Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Carp, Silver

Hypophthalmichthys molitrix

Method

Wild

Gillnets and entangling nets

Location

U.S. - Missouri, North America - Inland waters: Mississippi River Basin

Overall Rating

3.167 / 5

Summary

This carp species is non-native and invasive within the Mississippi River Basin. Its continued range expansion threatens regional waterway sustainability via competition and predation on native species and by disrupting aquatic plant ecology.


Stock status: Species is non-native (invasive), therefore overfishing is not a concern.


Ecosytem impacts:  Commercial fisheries and efforts to control the spread of invasive carp generally enhance Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Mississippi River basin by supporting local ecology and native species.


Management: Effectiveness varies by state, with some state policies prohibiting the stocking of Asian carp, the establishment of carp Harvest Incentive Programs to bolster carp industry infrastructure regionally, and record-keeping/catch accounting requirements.

 

Bycatch: Fishing gear has the potential to interact with endangered or threatened sturgeons. At present, bycatch rates of endangered pallid sturgeon and threatened lake sturgeon are reportedly low in targeted carp fisheries.

Learn more about harvest methods

Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Carp, Silver

Hypophthalmichthys molitrix

Method

Wild

Barriers, fences, weirs, corrals, etc.

Location

U.S. - Louisiana, North America - Inland waters: Mississippi River Basin

Overall Rating

3.403 / 5

Summary

This carp species is non-native and invasive within the Mississippi River Basin. Its continued range expansion threatens regional waterway sustainability via competition and predation on native species and by disrupting aquatic plant ecology.


Stock status: Species is non-native (invasive), therefore overfishing is not a concern.


Ecosytem impacts:  Commercial fisheries and efforts to control the spread of invasive carp generally enhance Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Mississippi River basin by supporting local ecology and native species.


Management: Effectiveness varies by state, with some state policies prohibiting the stocking of Asian carp, the establishment of carp Harvest Incentive Programs to bolster carp industry infrastructure regionally, and record-keeping/catch accounting requirements.

 

Bycatch: Fishing gear has the potential to interact with endangered or threatened sturgeons. At present, bycatch rates of endangered pallid sturgeon and threatened lake sturgeon are reportedly low in targeted carp fisheries.

Learn more about harvest methods

Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Carp, Silver

Hypophthalmichthys molitrix

Method

Wild

Seine nets

Location

U.S. - Louisiana, North America - Inland waters: Mississippi River Basin

Overall Rating

3.403 / 5

Summary

This carp species is non-native and invasive within the Mississippi River Basin. Its continued range expansion threatens regional waterway sustainability via competition and predation on native species and by disrupting aquatic plant ecology.


Stock status: Species is non-native (invasive), therefore overfishing is not a concern.


Ecosytem impacts:  Commercial fisheries and efforts to control the spread of invasive carp generally enhance Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Mississippi River basin by supporting local ecology and native species.


Management: Effectiveness varies by state, with some state policies prohibiting the stocking of Asian carp, the establishment of carp Harvest Incentive Programs to bolster carp industry infrastructure regionally, and record-keeping/catch accounting requirements.

 

Bycatch: Fishing gear has the potential to interact with endangered or threatened sturgeons. At present, bycatch rates of endangered pallid sturgeon and threatened lake sturgeon are reportedly low in targeted carp fisheries.

Learn more about harvest methods

Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Carp, Silver

Hypophthalmichthys molitrix

Method

Wild

Gillnets and entangling nets

Location

U.S. - Kentucky, North America - Inland waters: Mississippi River Basin

Overall Rating

3.403 / 5

Summary

This carp species is non-native and invasive within the Mississippi River Basin. Its continued range expansion threatens regional waterway sustainability via competition and predation on native species and by disrupting aquatic plant ecology.


Stock status: Species is non-native (invasive), therefore overfishing is not a concern.


Ecosytem impacts:  Commercial fisheries and efforts to control the spread of invasive carp generally enhance Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Mississippi River basin by supporting local ecology and native species.


Management: Effectiveness varies by state, with some state policies prohibiting the stocking of Asian carp, the establishment of carp Harvest Incentive Programs to bolster carp industry infrastructure regionally, and record-keeping/catch accounting requirements.

 

Bycatch: Fishing gear has the potential to interact with endangered or threatened sturgeons. At present, bycatch rates of endangered pallid sturgeon and threatened lake sturgeon are reportedly low in targeted carp fisheries.

Learn more about harvest methods

Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Carp, Silver

Hypophthalmichthys molitrix

Method

Wild

Gillnets and entangling nets

Location

U.S. - Mississippi, North America - Inland waters: Mississippi River Basin

Overall Rating

3.167 / 5

Summary

This carp species is non-native and invasive within the Mississippi River Basin. Its continued range expansion threatens regional waterway sustainability via competition and predation on native species and by disrupting aquatic plant ecology.


Stock status: Species is non-native (invasive), therefore overfishing is not a concern.


Ecosytem impacts:  Commercial fisheries and efforts to control the spread of invasive carp generally enhance Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Mississippi River basin by supporting local ecology and native species.


Management: Effectiveness varies by state, with some state policies prohibiting the stocking of Asian carp, the establishment of carp Harvest Incentive Programs to bolster carp industry infrastructure regionally, and record-keeping/catch accounting requirements.

 

Bycatch: Fishing gear has the potential to interact with endangered or threatened sturgeons. At present, bycatch rates of endangered pallid sturgeon and threatened lake sturgeon are reportedly low in targeted carp fisheries.

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Carp, Silver

Hypophthalmichthys molitrix

Method

Wild

Barriers, fences, weirs, corrals, etc.

Location

U.S. - Mississippi, North America - Inland waters: Mississippi River Basin

Overall Rating

3.167 / 5

Summary

This carp species is non-native and invasive within the Mississippi River Basin. Its continued range expansion threatens regional waterway sustainability via competition and predation on native species and by disrupting aquatic plant ecology.


Stock status: Species is non-native (invasive), therefore overfishing is not a concern.


Ecosytem impacts:  Commercial fisheries and efforts to control the spread of invasive carp generally enhance Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Mississippi River basin by supporting local ecology and native species.


Management: Effectiveness varies by state, with some state policies prohibiting the stocking of Asian carp, the establishment of carp Harvest Incentive Programs to bolster carp industry infrastructure regionally, and record-keeping/catch accounting requirements.

 

Bycatch: Fishing gear has the potential to interact with endangered or threatened sturgeons. At present, bycatch rates of endangered pallid sturgeon and threatened lake sturgeon are reportedly low in targeted carp fisheries.

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Carp, Grass

Ctenopharyngodon idella

Method

Wild

Seine nets

Location

U.S. - Missouri, North America - Inland waters: Mississippi River Basin

Overall Rating

3.167 / 5

Summary

This carp species is non-native and invasive within the Mississippi River Basin. Its continued range expansion threatens regional waterway sustainability via competition and predation on native species and by disrupting aquatic plant ecology.


Stock status: Species is non-native (invasive), therefore overfishing is not a concern.


Ecosytem impacts:  Commercial fisheries and efforts to control the spread of invasive carp generally enhance Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Mississippi River basin by supporting local ecology and native species.


Management: Effectiveness varies by state, with some state policies prohibiting the stocking of Asian carp, the establishment of carp Harvest Incentive Programs to bolster carp industry infrastructure regionally, and record-keeping/catch accounting requirements.

 

Bycatch: Fishing gear has the potential to interact with endangered or threatened sturgeons. At present, bycatch rates of endangered pallid sturgeon and threatened lake sturgeon are reportedly low in targeted carp fisheries.

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Carp, Common

Cyprinus carpio

Method

Wild

Gillnets and entangling nets

Location

U.S. - Iowa, North America - Inland waters: Mississippi River Basin

Overall Rating

3.167 / 5

Summary

This carp species is non-native and invasive within the Mississippi River Basin. Its continued range expansion threatens regional waterway sustainability via competition and predation on native species and by disrupting aquatic plant ecology.


Stock status: Species is non-native (invasive), therefore overfishing is not a concern.


Ecosytem impacts:  Commercial fisheries and efforts to control the spread of invasive carp generally enhance Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Mississippi River basin by supporting local ecology and native species.


Management: Effectiveness varies by state, with some state policies prohibiting the stocking of Asian carp, the establishment of carp Harvest Incentive Programs to bolster carp industry infrastructure regionally, and record-keeping/catch accounting requirements.

 

Bycatch: Fishing gear has the potential to interact with endangered or threatened sturgeons. At present, bycatch rates of endangered pallid sturgeon and threatened lake sturgeon are reportedly low in targeted carp fisheries.

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Carp, Common

Cyprinus carpio

Method

Wild

Barriers, fences, weirs, corrals, etc.

Location

U.S. - Indiana, North America - Inland waters: Mississippi River Basin

Overall Rating

3.403 / 5

Summary

This carp species is non-native and invasive within the Mississippi River Basin. Its continued range expansion threatens regional waterway sustainability via competition and predation on native species and by disrupting aquatic plant ecology.


Stock status: Species is non-native (invasive), therefore overfishing is not a concern.


Ecosytem impacts:  Commercial fisheries and efforts to control the spread of invasive carp generally enhance Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Mississippi River basin by supporting local ecology and native species.


Management: Effectiveness varies by state, with some state policies prohibiting the stocking of Asian carp, the establishment of carp Harvest Incentive Programs to bolster carp industry infrastructure regionally, and record-keeping/catch accounting requirements.

 

Bycatch: Fishing gear has the potential to interact with endangered or threatened sturgeons. At present, bycatch rates of endangered pallid sturgeon and threatened lake sturgeon are reportedly low in targeted carp fisheries.

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Carp, Common

Cyprinus carpio

Method

Wild

Seine nets

Location

U.S. - Louisiana, North America - Inland waters: Mississippi River Basin

Overall Rating

3.403 / 5

Summary

This carp species is non-native and invasive within the Mississippi River Basin. Its continued range expansion threatens regional waterway sustainability via competition and predation on native species and by disrupting aquatic plant ecology.


Stock status: Species is non-native (invasive), therefore overfishing is not a concern.


Ecosytem impacts:  Commercial fisheries and efforts to control the spread of invasive carp generally enhance Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Mississippi River basin by supporting local ecology and native species.


Management: Effectiveness varies by state, with some state policies prohibiting the stocking of Asian carp, the establishment of carp Harvest Incentive Programs to bolster carp industry infrastructure regionally, and record-keeping/catch accounting requirements.

 

Bycatch: Fishing gear has the potential to interact with endangered or threatened sturgeons. At present, bycatch rates of endangered pallid sturgeon and threatened lake sturgeon are reportedly low in targeted carp fisheries.

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Carp, Common

Cyprinus carpio

Method

Wild

Barriers, fences, weirs, corrals, etc.

Location

U.S. - Iowa, North America - Inland waters: Mississippi River Basin

Overall Rating

3.167 / 5

Summary

This carp species is non-native and invasive within the Mississippi River Basin. Its continued range expansion threatens regional waterway sustainability via competition and predation on native species and by disrupting aquatic plant ecology.


Stock status: Species is non-native (invasive), therefore overfishing is not a concern.


Ecosytem impacts:  Commercial fisheries and efforts to control the spread of invasive carp generally enhance Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Mississippi River basin by supporting local ecology and native species.


Management: Effectiveness varies by state, with some state policies prohibiting the stocking of Asian carp, the establishment of carp Harvest Incentive Programs to bolster carp industry infrastructure regionally, and record-keeping/catch accounting requirements.

 

Bycatch: Fishing gear has the potential to interact with endangered or threatened sturgeons. At present, bycatch rates of endangered pallid sturgeon and threatened lake sturgeon are reportedly low in targeted carp fisheries.

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Carp, Common

Cyprinus carpio

Method

Wild

Seine nets

Location

U.S. - Iowa, North America - Inland waters: Mississippi River Basin

Overall Rating

3.167 / 5

Summary

This carp species is non-native and invasive within the Mississippi River Basin. Its continued range expansion threatens regional waterway sustainability via competition and predation on native species and by disrupting aquatic plant ecology.


Stock status: Species is non-native (invasive), therefore overfishing is not a concern.


Ecosytem impacts:  Commercial fisheries and efforts to control the spread of invasive carp generally enhance Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Mississippi River basin by supporting local ecology and native species.


Management: Effectiveness varies by state, with some state policies prohibiting the stocking of Asian carp, the establishment of carp Harvest Incentive Programs to bolster carp industry infrastructure regionally, and record-keeping/catch accounting requirements.

 

Bycatch: Fishing gear has the potential to interact with endangered or threatened sturgeons. At present, bycatch rates of endangered pallid sturgeon and threatened lake sturgeon are reportedly low in targeted carp fisheries.

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Carp, Grass

Ctenopharyngodon idella

Method

Wild

Seine nets

Location

U.S. - Louisiana, North America - Inland waters: Mississippi River Basin

Overall Rating

3.403 / 5

Summary

This carp species is non-native and invasive within the Mississippi River Basin. Its continued range expansion threatens regional waterway sustainability via competition and predation on native species and by disrupting aquatic plant ecology.


Stock status: Species is non-native (invasive), therefore overfishing is not a concern.


Ecosytem impacts:  Commercial fisheries and efforts to control the spread of invasive carp generally enhance Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Mississippi River basin by supporting local ecology and native species.


Management: Effectiveness varies by state, with some state policies prohibiting the stocking of Asian carp, the establishment of carp Harvest Incentive Programs to bolster carp industry infrastructure regionally, and record-keeping/catch accounting requirements.

 

Bycatch: Fishing gear has the potential to interact with endangered or threatened sturgeons. At present, bycatch rates of endangered pallid sturgeon and threatened lake sturgeon are reportedly low in targeted carp fisheries.

Learn more about harvest methods

Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Carp, Common

Cyprinus carpio

Method

Wild

Gillnets and entangling nets

Location

U.S. - Indiana, North America - Inland waters: Mississippi River Basin

Overall Rating

3.403 / 5

Summary

This carp species is non-native and invasive within the Mississippi River Basin. Its continued range expansion threatens regional waterway sustainability via competition and predation on native species and by disrupting aquatic plant ecology.


Stock status: Species is non-native (invasive), therefore overfishing is not a concern.


Ecosytem impacts:  Commercial fisheries and efforts to control the spread of invasive carp generally enhance Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Mississippi River basin by supporting local ecology and native species.


Management: Effectiveness varies by state, with some state policies prohibiting the stocking of Asian carp, the establishment of carp Harvest Incentive Programs to bolster carp industry infrastructure regionally, and record-keeping/catch accounting requirements.

 

Bycatch: Fishing gear has the potential to interact with endangered or threatened sturgeons. At present, bycatch rates of endangered pallid sturgeon and threatened lake sturgeon are reportedly low in targeted carp fisheries.

Learn more about harvest methods

Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Carp, Common

Cyprinus carpio

Method

Wild

Barriers, fences, weirs, corrals, etc.

Location

U.S. - Louisiana, North America - Inland waters: Mississippi River Basin

Overall Rating

3.403 / 5

Summary

This carp species is non-native and invasive within the Mississippi River Basin. Its continued range expansion threatens regional waterway sustainability via competition and predation on native species and by disrupting aquatic plant ecology.


Stock status: Species is non-native (invasive), therefore overfishing is not a concern.


Ecosytem impacts:  Commercial fisheries and efforts to control the spread of invasive carp generally enhance Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Mississippi River basin by supporting local ecology and native species.


Management: Effectiveness varies by state, with some state policies prohibiting the stocking of Asian carp, the establishment of carp Harvest Incentive Programs to bolster carp industry infrastructure regionally, and record-keeping/catch accounting requirements.

 

Bycatch: Fishing gear has the potential to interact with endangered or threatened sturgeons. At present, bycatch rates of endangered pallid sturgeon and threatened lake sturgeon are reportedly low in targeted carp fisheries.

Learn more about harvest methods

Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Carp, Common

Cyprinus carpio

Method

Wild

Gillnets and entangling nets

Location

U.S. - Louisiana, North America - Inland waters: Mississippi River Basin

Overall Rating

3.403 / 5

Summary

This carp species is non-native and invasive within the Mississippi River Basin. Its continued range expansion threatens regional waterway sustainability via competition and predation on native species and by disrupting aquatic plant ecology.


Stock status: Species is non-native (invasive), therefore overfishing is not a concern.


Ecosytem impacts:  Commercial fisheries and efforts to control the spread of invasive carp generally enhance Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Mississippi River basin by supporting local ecology and native species.


Management: Effectiveness varies by state, with some state policies prohibiting the stocking of Asian carp, the establishment of carp Harvest Incentive Programs to bolster carp industry infrastructure regionally, and record-keeping/catch accounting requirements.

 

Bycatch: Fishing gear has the potential to interact with endangered or threatened sturgeons. At present, bycatch rates of endangered pallid sturgeon and threatened lake sturgeon are reportedly low in targeted carp fisheries.

Learn more about harvest methods

Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Carp, Common

Cyprinus carpio

Method

Wild

Barriers, fences, weirs, corrals, etc.

Location

U.S. - Mississippi, North America - Inland waters: Mississippi River Basin

Overall Rating

3.167 / 5

Summary

This carp species is non-native and invasive within the Mississippi River Basin. Its continued range expansion threatens regional waterway sustainability via competition and predation on native species and by disrupting aquatic plant ecology.


Stock status: Species is non-native (invasive), therefore overfishing is not a concern.


Ecosytem impacts:  Commercial fisheries and efforts to control the spread of invasive carp generally enhance Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Mississippi River basin by supporting local ecology and native species.


Management: Effectiveness varies by state, with some state policies prohibiting the stocking of Asian carp, the establishment of carp Harvest Incentive Programs to bolster carp industry infrastructure regionally, and record-keeping/catch accounting requirements.

 

Bycatch: Fishing gear has the potential to interact with endangered or threatened sturgeons. At present, bycatch rates of endangered pallid sturgeon and threatened lake sturgeon are reportedly low in targeted carp fisheries.

Learn more about harvest methods

Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Carp, Common

Cyprinus carpio

Method

Wild

Gillnets and entangling nets

Location

U.S. - Mississippi, North America - Inland waters: Mississippi River Basin

Overall Rating

3.167 / 5

Summary

This carp species is non-native and invasive within the Mississippi River Basin. Its continued range expansion threatens regional waterway sustainability via competition and predation on native species and by disrupting aquatic plant ecology.


Stock status: Species is non-native (invasive), therefore overfishing is not a concern.


Ecosytem impacts:  Commercial fisheries and efforts to control the spread of invasive carp generally enhance Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Mississippi River basin by supporting local ecology and native species.


Management: Effectiveness varies by state, with some state policies prohibiting the stocking of Asian carp, the establishment of carp Harvest Incentive Programs to bolster carp industry infrastructure regionally, and record-keeping/catch accounting requirements.

 

Bycatch: Fishing gear has the potential to interact with endangered or threatened sturgeons. At present, bycatch rates of endangered pallid sturgeon and threatened lake sturgeon are reportedly low in targeted carp fisheries.

Learn more about harvest methods

Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Carp, Silver

Hypophthalmichthys molitrix

Method

Wild

Gillnets and entangling nets

Location

U.S. - Arkansas, North America - Inland waters: Mississippi River Basin

Overall Rating

3.167 / 5

Summary

This carp species is non-native and invasive within the Mississippi River Basin. Its continued range expansion threatens regional waterway sustainability via competition and predation on native species and by disrupting aquatic plant ecology.


Stock status: Species is non-native (invasive), therefore overfishing is not a concern.


Ecosytem impacts:  Commercial fisheries and efforts to control the spread of invasive carp generally enhance Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Mississippi River basin by supporting local ecology and native species.


Management: Effectiveness varies by state, with some state policies prohibiting the stocking of Asian carp, the establishment of carp Harvest Incentive Programs to bolster carp industry infrastructure regionally, and record-keeping/catch accounting requirements.

 

Bycatch: Fishing gear has the potential to interact with endangered or threatened sturgeons. At present, bycatch rates of endangered pallid sturgeon and threatened lake sturgeon are reportedly low in targeted carp fisheries.

Learn more about harvest methods

Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Carp, Grass

Ctenopharyngodon idella

Method

Wild

Gillnets and entangling nets

Location

U.S. - Tennessee, North America - Inland waters: Mississippi River Basin

Overall Rating

3.403 / 5

Summary

This carp species is non-native and invasive within the Mississippi River Basin. Its continued range expansion threatens regional waterway sustainability via competition and predation on native species and by disrupting aquatic plant ecology.


Stock status: Species is non-native (invasive), therefore overfishing is not a concern.


Ecosytem impacts:  Commercial fisheries and efforts to control the spread of invasive carp generally enhance Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Mississippi River basin by supporting local ecology and native species.


Management: Effectiveness varies by state, with some state policies prohibiting the stocking of Asian carp, the establishment of carp Harvest Incentive Programs to bolster carp industry infrastructure regionally, and record-keeping/catch accounting requirements.

 

Bycatch: Fishing gear has the potential to interact with endangered or threatened sturgeons. At present, bycatch rates of endangered pallid sturgeon and threatened lake sturgeon are reportedly low in targeted carp fisheries.

Learn more about harvest methods

Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Carp, Common

Cyprinus carpio

Method

Wild

Gillnets and entangling nets

Location

U.S. - Missouri, North America - Inland waters: Mississippi River Basin

Overall Rating

3.167 / 5

Summary

This carp species is non-native and invasive within the Mississippi River Basin. Its continued range expansion threatens regional waterway sustainability via competition and predation on native species and by disrupting aquatic plant ecology.


Stock status: Species is non-native (invasive), therefore overfishing is not a concern.


Ecosytem impacts:  Commercial fisheries and efforts to control the spread of invasive carp generally enhance Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Mississippi River basin by supporting local ecology and native species.


Management: Effectiveness varies by state, with some state policies prohibiting the stocking of Asian carp, the establishment of carp Harvest Incentive Programs to bolster carp industry infrastructure regionally, and record-keeping/catch accounting requirements.

 

Bycatch: Fishing gear has the potential to interact with endangered or threatened sturgeons. At present, bycatch rates of endangered pallid sturgeon and threatened lake sturgeon are reportedly low in targeted carp fisheries.

Learn more about harvest methods

Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Carp, Common

Cyprinus carpio

Method

Wild

Gillnets and entangling nets

Location

U.S. - Kentucky, North America - Inland waters: Mississippi River Basin

Overall Rating

3.403 / 5

Summary

This carp species is non-native and invasive within the Mississippi River Basin. Its continued range expansion threatens regional waterway sustainability via competition and predation on native species and by disrupting aquatic plant ecology.


Stock status: Species is non-native (invasive), therefore overfishing is not a concern.


Ecosytem impacts:  Commercial fisheries and efforts to control the spread of invasive carp generally enhance Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Mississippi River basin by supporting local ecology and native species.


Management: Effectiveness varies by state, with some state policies prohibiting the stocking of Asian carp, the establishment of carp Harvest Incentive Programs to bolster carp industry infrastructure regionally, and record-keeping/catch accounting requirements.

 

Bycatch: Fishing gear has the potential to interact with endangered or threatened sturgeons. At present, bycatch rates of endangered pallid sturgeon and threatened lake sturgeon are reportedly low in targeted carp fisheries.

Learn more about harvest methods

Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Carp, Common

Cyprinus carpio

Method

Wild

Seine nets

Location

U.S. - North America - Inland waters: Great Lakes

Overall Rating

2.984 / 5

Summary

This carp species is non-native and invasive within the Mississippi River Basin. Its continued range expansion threatens regional waterway sustainability via competition and predation on native species and by disrupting aquatic plant ecology.


Stock status: Species is non-native (invasive), therefore overfishing is not a concern.


Ecosytem impacts:  Commercial fisheries and efforts to control the spread of invasive carp generally enhance Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Mississippi River basin by supporting local ecology and native species.


Management: Effectiveness varies by state, with some state policies prohibiting the stocking of Asian carp, the establishment of carp Harvest Incentive Programs to bolster carp industry infrastructure regionally, and record-keeping/catch accounting requirements.

 

Bycatch: Fishing gear has the potential to interact with endangered or threatened sturgeons. At present, bycatch rates of endangered pallid sturgeon and threatened lake sturgeon are reportedly low in targeted carp fisheries.

Learn more about harvest methods

Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Carp, Common

Cyprinus carpio

Method

Wild

Seine nets

Location

U.S. - Missouri, North America - Inland waters: Mississippi River Basin

Overall Rating

3.167 / 5

Summary

This carp species is non-native and invasive within the Mississippi River Basin. Its continued range expansion threatens regional waterway sustainability via competition and predation on native species and by disrupting aquatic plant ecology.


Stock status: Species is non-native (invasive), therefore overfishing is not a concern.


Ecosytem impacts:  Commercial fisheries and efforts to control the spread of invasive carp generally enhance Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Mississippi River basin by supporting local ecology and native species.


Management: Effectiveness varies by state, with some state policies prohibiting the stocking of Asian carp, the establishment of carp Harvest Incentive Programs to bolster carp industry infrastructure regionally, and record-keeping/catch accounting requirements.

 

Bycatch: Fishing gear has the potential to interact with endangered or threatened sturgeons. At present, bycatch rates of endangered pallid sturgeon and threatened lake sturgeon are reportedly low in targeted carp fisheries.

Learn more about harvest methods

Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Eco-Certification:

Naturland

Variety

Carp, Common

Cyprinus carpio

Method

Farmed

Ponds

Location

Worldwide

Eco-Certification

Naturland

Summary

Rationale: Ocean Wise recommends some, but not all Naturland Certified Aquaculture. Click to learn more about how the Naturland Standards for Organic Aquaculture were benchmarked to Ocean Wise.

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