invasive fish species


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  • Location: ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Vermont, United States
  • Source: ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain
  • Info: Live streaming fish webcam showing invasive fish species found in Lake Champlain. The exhibit is at the ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain in Vermont.

More info: This exhibit shows some of the fifty known non-native fish species which may be found in Lake Champlain. Some of these fish arrived at the lake naturally and others were introduced by people. They outcompete native fish species and can cost millions of dollars to control. Following are just some of the invasive fish species :-

White perch now outnumber native perch in some Lake Champlain bays. It competes for food and eats walleye eggs, putting populations at risk.

Tench are bottom-feeding fish which compete for food with trout and other game fish. An unlawful release from an aquaculture facility led to its establishment in Lake Champlain.

European rudd graze on shoreline plants, potentially degrading native spawning grounds. They were once widely sold as bait in Vermont, but their sale is now illegal.

Zebra mussels originally fron Eurasia, reproduce quickly and can overwhelm objects they attach themselves to, including intake pipes, shipwrecks, and even other mussels.

Koi which are a domesticated variety of the Common carp are able to grow dramatically and harm native habitat when released into the wild.