Blackbrook Audubon will host “Asian Carps: Understanding the Threat” by Tory Gabriel, Fisheries Educator with Ohio Sea Grant Extension, 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 19th at the Holden Arboretum. Media coverage of Asian carp is often accompanied by video of large fish jumping several feet out of the water and striking boaters. Imported from China and accidentally released, Asian carps pose a substantial risk to the Great Lakes food web and $7 billion fishery.
The general term Asian carp actually refers to four species of fish: Bighead, Black, Grass and Silver carps. Each has a different diet, but all are fast growing and prolific feeders that out-compete native fish. Several U.S. and Canadian agencies have partnered to study these invaders’ life histories and prevent their entry into Lake Erie.
Following the presentation will be a ticket auction of nature-related items and a 50/50 raffle. These fundraisers help Blackbrook purchase Audubon Adventures, an environmental education publication, for 3rd – 5th grade students at Mentor Marsh Nature Center and in Geauga Park District’s Nature Scopes program.4
The program is open to all. The Holden Arboretum is at 9550 Sperry Road in Kirtland. For more information, visit Blackbrook Audubon Society. Follow Blackbrook Audubon Society on Facebook for updates.
Programs cancelled due to weather will be announced on the iAlert system on WKYC-TV 3, Newsradio WTAM 1100. Blackbrook Audubon is the local chapter of National Audubon Society covering Ashtabula, Geauga and Lake counties.
Pictured In Cover Photo: Silver Carp leaping from water
Photo courtesy of Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee