Webinar- Grass Carp in Lake Erie: History, Status, and Habitat
November 19th, 11am – 12pm
Although Grass Carp have been captured in the Great Lakes since the early 1980’s, it was assumed that most were sterile escapees from stocked ponds, or incapable of successfully reproducing in available tributaries. However, spawning was first documented in the Great Lakes in 2015 with the collection of fertilized eggs from the Sandusky River, a Lake Erie tributary. Monitoring has since continued and spawning has been documented in multiple years in two Lake Erie tributaries, with some evidence suggesting that recruitment may have already occurred. Grass Carp consume aquatic vegetation and therefore may pose a threat to Great Lakes aquatic vegetation communities. This webinar covers the history and status of Grass Carp reproduction in Lake Erie and current research and management efforts. This webinar will be presented by Dr. Patrick M. Kočovský, USGS and Nicole R. King, University of Toledo.
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