Asian carp invasion
Queen’s professor Linda Campbell says that the rapid feeding rates of Asian carp will change Great Lake habitats and food webs in unprecedented ways.
“Asian carp, escapees from fish farms along the Illinois and Missouri Rivers, are threatening to enter Lake Michigan despite special barriers,” says Professor Campbell. “The carp species are fast growing, reproduce at a fast rate and consume large amounts of vegetation and detritus. If they enter Lake Michigan, it will not be long before they spread across all lower Great Lakes. Their rapid feeding rates are exceedingly destructive to fish and shoreline habitats and will change the Great Lakes habitats and food webs in unprecedented ways.”
Professor Campbell is a Canada Research Chair in Aquatic Ecosystem Health and a professor of Environmental Studies and Biology at Queen’s University. Her research includes natural impacts on aquatic ecosystems.
She is available to discuss Asian carp and their threat to the Great Lakes ecosystem. To arrange an interview contact Jeff Drake, 613.533.2877, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Kristyn Wallace 613.533.6000 ext. 79173, e-mail email@example.com, News and Media Services, Queen’s University.