VINCENNES, Ind. (WTHI) - A fish once viewed as an oddity is now a nuisance and aneconomic threat.
The asian carp was brought to the U.S. to help fish farms in thesouth keep ponds clean.
Those fish are now throughout the midwest, creating unnervingmoments for unsuspecting boaters.
The invasive species is creating all kinds of headaches.
They pop out of the Wabash River without any notice and theynext thing you know they are flopping around inside your boat.
Asian carp are a menace for boaters on the Wabash River and justabout any waterway in Indiana these days.
"They'll jump in your boat," said Indiana Conservation OfficerJoe Haywood, "They'll fly up and hit you. Someone could get injuredfrom one of these fish."
Even people who spend their days trying to land the big onedon't like the carp.
"They're the nastiest things because they get in the boat withand they stink and they're slimy," said Keith Robinson, a fishermanfrom Vincennes.
The fish are drawn to the boat motor.
In just a little more than an hour on the river we had a halfdozen jump in and join us.
The bigger concern is the impact these invaders are having onthe native fish in Indiana's rivers.
"We may not know for years ahead what kind of damage they'reactually going to do to our other fish," said Haywood.
The asian carp showed up on the Wabash River in Knox Countyabout 5 years ago, and now that they're here authorities saythey're not sure of any way to get rid of them.
They do say when you have a close encounter with one of theflyers don't just throw it back.
"What we normally do is throw them on the bank and let the coonseat them or the eagles or something," said Haywood.
The fish have now taken a firm hold on Hoosier waterways.
"I guess we got to put up with them because they're here," saidRobinson.
And it doesn't appear they'll be leaving anytime soon.
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