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‘Prehistoric’ fish may ease spread of Asian carp

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An alligator gar can weigh up to 300 pounds.

In parts of the Mississippi valley, scientists are working to reintroduce a fish  they say could prevent the spread of Asian carp. We learn about the role of the fearsome looking alligator gar.

A large fish often described as “prehistoric” looking may play an increasing role in a very modern environmental challenge. With a head resembling an alligator, the alligator gar is a sluggish but hungry predator capable of growing more than 8 feet long and weighing more than 300 pounds.

Scientists say it could play a role in curbing the spread of the Asian carp here in the upper midwest.

Current State speaks with Dan O’Keefe, a fish biologist with the Michigan Sea Grant and MSU Extension.  He’s worked with alligator gar in Mississippi.

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