Asian carp found in Fraser River, which is not good news for salmon or water skiers
One of the worst invasive species, the Asian carp, has shown up in the Fraser River near Lytton and Lillooet.
And this could spell trouble for the fishery.
According to an invasive-species alert, these fish not only cause habitat damage and disrupt the river ecology, they can also jump out of the water, endangering water skiers and recreational boaters.
The Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs passed along an email to the Straight saying that Fisheries and Oceans Canada has a two-foot long specimen. As well, there are reports of eight Asian carp captured between Bridge River and Sawmill Creek.
Anyone who finds one of these fish in a net has been asked not to throw them back into the river.