In the Baseline Knowledge Survey for Ontario, it was discovered that 26% of Ontarians believe that they can identify an Asian carp. While only 3% of Ontarians know that there are four species of Asian carp. As such, there are many incorrect reports of Asian carps directed to the Invading Species Hotline. This implies that the public, while receiving the message about the risks of Asian carp, are still unable to properly differentiate Asian carps from native lookalikes. Here are a few of the main lookalikes that often get confused with carp!
If you are ever unsure of what you catch and you think it might be invasive, report it to the Invading Species Hotline at 1-800-563-7711.