Bighead Carp

Hypophthalmichthys nobilis

Identifying Characteristics

-typically two to four kilograms in weight but can be up to forty kilograms

-can be up to a meter long

-has a very large head with no teeth

-is a dark grey with dark spots of colour

-the eyes sit below the mouth

-can grow up to twenty-five cm in one year

-it likes moderate water temperatures and prefers the shores of the Great lakes

last Seen

-This species is originally from Asia

- This species was introduced to Canada in the 1960's and 1970's

-This species is located in the Mississippi river,Illinois river and the Great Lakes

Known Accomplices

-The Asian Carps were imported to the United States in the 1960's from southeast Asia to help keep the retention ponds clean but flooding caused them to escape into the Illinois river

Crimes Comitted

-The Bighead Carp are eating all of the native fish in Ontario lakes

-They will eventually eat all of the food that the native fish eat and keep them out of their own habitat

-The loss of native fish could cause damage in fishing industry in Ontario and that brings in millions of dollars a year for the provinces economy

-They are also a danger to boaters and fishers because the vibrations of the boats turbines will send them flying into the air and it could hit the boaters and injure them

Attempts at Capture

-Ontario is working with Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters to stop invasive species like the Asian Carps and to detect invasive species early on so the environment will not be damaged

-It has also been made illegal to have any type of invasive species


-The tourism will be affected because people come to Canada to fish and tourists will not come to Canada

- The extinction of native fish will cause people to eat other things

-Reward for capture: $800,000,000

If you would like to report a sighting go to or call 1-800-563-7711


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