The Asian carp species is known for its rapid rate of reproduction and adaption to its natural surroundings

. Specifically, pool 26 of the Mississippi river along Illinois is one of the selected locations that the sampling takes place. Asian Carp can reproduce rapidly (figure 1, 2); they have a higher chances at adapting to new surroundings and surviving than native species (e.g grass carp, silver carp and bighead carp). The Asian carps eliminate massive areas of aquatic plants, which provide food and other fishes spawning site creating more competition over food and habitat (see figure 3). This poses as a threat to native fish as it reduces its chances at populating the in their habitat. The Asian carp is known to be one of the most hazardous types of carp towards humans as it is able to jump 10 feet out of the water. The carp poses as a threat to those aquatic animals that are on the verge of extinction by altering their natural habitats.

Figure 1: The light green part is the habitat coverage for pool 26 of the UMR. Within the layer, several main channels and off channel categories are included. The size of the red symbol indicates the number of Asian carp in that area.

Figure 2: Red is the predicted area with the highest likelihood of Asian carp occurrence.

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