Invasive aquatic species in the United States have caused not just ecological damage, but financial damage as well. In some cases, they can also affect the health of humans.
With climate change and warming waters, Cleveland Metroparks fishery biologist Mike Durkalec said there’s a possibility of more surviving in regions where they normally couldn’t.
An invasive species currently making its way up the Mississippi River is the Asian carp. These fish can cause trouble to the ecosystem and anglers alike not just by undermining the food chain but by being a danger to fish as well. If startled by something like a motorboat, they tend to jump. In some cases, they’ve been known to break bones of people on a quick-moving boat, according to Durkalec.