City of Miami asks Fishermen to be aware of Asian Carp
(Miami, OK) – A 60-pound Asian big head carp was caught this week in the Neosho River in Miami, Oklahoma. Asian Carp are an aquatic nuisance species and it is determined that they warrant a mandatory control effort.
Asian carp were introduced to the United States in the early '70s to control algae in catfish farms in the South. Floods washed them into the Mississippi River in the 1980s. They've worked their way upriver ever since. Biologists and ecologists say Asian carp consume massive amounts of phytoplankton and zooplankton — as much as 40-percent of their body weight or more each day. That's the same food source relied upon by many native fish species and other aquatic life.
If you catch an Asian carp, please report it to Curtis Tackett at the Oklahoma Wildlife Department by calling 1-405-521-4623 and then properly dispose of the fish.
For more information regarding fishing at the Neosho River, you may contact Shannon Thomas with the City of Miami’s CVB at 918-533-2014. https://www.facebook.com/bpsbrokenarrow?ref=tn_tnmn