In Illinois, 115-pound black carp caught in Missouri to help Mississippi River research efforts

A black carp like this one – but much bigger – was donate to researchers as they continue studies on the fish in the Mississippi River. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Researchers at Southern Illinois University have received what could be one of the largest black carp used for scientific research.

Officials at the Carbondale campus say they’ve received a 115-pound specimen of the invasive fish species.

Associate zoology professor Gregory Whitledge says the fish was caught this month by commercial fishers in Missouri. Research possibilities include the fish’s health and reproductive potential in the Mississippi River.

The university runs a state program to pay commercial fishers to turn over black carp for scientific analysis.

Black carp were brought to the country from China as a way of controlling parasite-carrying snails that were damaging fish in the South. However, some escaped and made it into the Mississippi River.

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