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Grass Carp

Ctenopharyngodon idella

Image of a Grass Carp

Grass Carp was introduced into New York in the 1980s when it became legal to stock a sterile hybrid to control submerged aquatic vegetation. It tolerates a wide range of environmental conditions and prefers ponds or slack-water areas with dense vegetation. Stocking continues in most parts of the state and there have been no reports of natural reproduction.

Fish atlas map for Grass Carp.