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Tue September 17, 2013
Only Small Number of Carp Needed For Foothold in Great Lakes
A new study cautions that even a small number of carp would be enough for the invaders to begin colonizing the Great Lakes.
A paper published by scientist Kim Cuddington of the University of Waterloo in Ontario says models suggest a 50-50 chance Asian carp could establish themselves if just 10 find their way into one of the lakes. The probability jumps to 75 percent, under certain conditions, if 20 fish get through. Cuddington says it is not likely the bighead and siler carp can be kept out of the lakes forever.