Invasive carp are large, plankton-feeding fish that are moving northward in the Mississippi River, and pose a threat to Minnesota’s rivers and lakes. While no breeding populations have been detected in Minnesota waters of the Mississippi, individual fish have been caught near the Twin Cities and in the St. Croix River.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has been working to slow the spread of invasive carp since the early 2000s, but began a renewed effort starting in 2011 under the direction and leadership of Gov. Mark Dayton and DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr. By working with partner agencies, conservation groups and federal officials, the DNR hopes to stop or significantly slow the proliferation of invasive carp in Minnesota waters.
What are invasive carp?
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Invasive carp captures must be reported to the DNR immediately. Call 651-587-2781 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please take a photo and make arrangements with the DNR to transport the carp to the nearest fisheries office. To keep invasive carp for personal use, download the Special Permit to Possess Prohibited Invasive Species of Carp.
Plans and studies
- Draft: Minnesota Invasive Carp Action Plan
- The Minnesota Barrier Assessment Study – Invasive Carp Migration Potential - Nov. 2013
- New tests show little DNA evidence of Invasive carp in Mississippi and St. Croix rivers Apr. 2013
- Invasive Carp Action Plan by the Invasive Carp Task Force - Nov. 2011
- Gov. Dayton's action plan
- Preventing the Introduction of Invasive Carp into Minnesota
- Study: Water Recreation Economy at Risk from the Potential Spread of Invasive Carp in Minnesota
- Study: eDNA Surveillance of Invasive Carp on the St. Croix and Mississippi River
Frequently asked questions
- Bighead and silver carp - Invasive aquatic animals
- Aquatic Invasive Species in Minnesota
- MinnAqua Species Profile: Close Up on the Silver "Jumping" Carp
- Lake City Fisheries: Mississippi River information
Invasive carp search
eDNA testing news conference