(WLFI) — Indiana DNR is offering a reward to fishermen to help prevent what could become another invasive species.
Asian Carp have been threatening American water ecosystems for years, but one species, the Black Carp, hasn't made it to Indiana yet. But in June, two of the fish were caught in the Ohio River a few miles from the Indiana border.
Black carp are native to eastern Asia and were brought to the United States during the 1970-80s. They have since escaped captivity and have been moving throughout the Mississippi River basin.
DNR says the black carp is especially dangerous because it eats mussels, and Indiana has several mussel species that are already endangered.
Although it is possible to catch black carp on traditional baits, bowfishing anglers are more likely to encounter them. Black carp look very similar to grass carp. If you have caught a suspected black carp, follow the keep, cool, call procedure:
• Keep the fish and make note of its location.
• Cool the fish on ice once you have killed it.
• Call the DNR at 1-866-663-9684 to report the fish.
You may be eligible for a $100 bounty per black carp carcass, funded through the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
You can find information on DNR's website.
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