Common Carp, Cyprinus carpio , while originally from Asia, arrived in North America much earlier and is not one of those species referred to as Asian carps. Click here for more information. All are members of the cyprinid family, which includes carps and several varieties of minnows. Of the Bighead Carp, only three specimens have been collected, all in western Lake Erie, between and , and are believed to have been intentionally released. Of the Grass Carp specimens, there have been approximately 23 single captures since in the waters or tributaries of Lake Huron, Lake Ontario, and Lake Erie the most recent in Lake Erie in
In early June, two Quebec fishermen caught an Asian grass carp in the St. Lawrence River. There are several species of Asian carp: silver carp, bighead carp, grass carp and black carp. They were introduced to North America from China in the s and s in an effort to control algae, plants and snails in ponds. But since then, they have been spreading throughout waterways across North America.
These carp are native to China. They were originally imported into the southern United States in the s to provide an inexpensive, fast-growing addition to fresh fish markets. They also served to help keep aquaculture facilities clean.