A fisherman in Missouri twisted a colossal fish on the Osage River and understanding it was a catfish, however he was surprised when he landed a fish that wasn’t supposed to be there.
Jesse Hughes of Bonnots Mill was fishing with chums last Thursday when he caught a 112-pound black carp, described by the Missouri Department of Conservation as an invasive species that is on the Prohibited Species Checklist.
“We twisted into it and knew it was one thing substantial, however I originally understanding it was a catfish,” Hughes told the MDC. “It was the first I’d heard of a black carp. I didn’t know anything about it, so this has been reasonably the learning expertise.”
What he learned is that black carp are from Asia, eat mussels and snails, and damage populations of native mollusks, many of which are critically endangered.
Black carp have been command in the Mississippi River machine, together with the Osage River, the place in 1994 about 30 of them escaped from a fish farm into the river all the way thru a excessive-water tournament.
They had been imported by fish farmers to regulate problematic snail populations; they had been supposed to be sterile fish.
Now on the Prohibited Species Checklist, black carp cannot be imported, exported, transported, sold, purchased or possessed alive in Missouri without written approval of the MDC director.
“If anglers happen to catch black carp, or any invasive fish, whereas fishing in Missouri waters, it’s imperative to contact their local conservation agent,” explained MDC Fisheries Programs Specialist Andrew Branson. “That way, our Fisheries staff can be notified and monitor the spread of these detrimental species.”
Hughes did the fair factor by conserving the black carp, which is at command being studied by the U.S. Geological Search for.
“It’s a small disappointing, as I don’t mediate I’ll ever catch a fish that substantial again,” Hughes said. “Nonetheless at least it’s one much less invasive fish in Missouri waters.”
Photo courtesy of the Missouri Department of Conservation.