Lawmakers Considering Name Change for Asian Carp in Minnesota

Lawmakers Considering Name Change for Asian Carp in Minnesota

Lawmakers are considering changing the name and image of Asian carp in Minnesota. The non-native fish is a big threat to Mississippi River-area ecosystems. If everything gets finalized then the troublesome fish would be referred as 'invasive carp'.

Some Minnesota residents were of the view that the name 'Asian carp' puts people from Asian cultures in a bad light. Sen. John Hoffman, DFL-Champlin wants the name to be changed as some people from Asia have complained about the name.

It is not the first time when appeal for name change has been done. In 2013, a similar bill was introduced in the Iowa in Iowa Legislature, but it could not succeed. To get the name changed to 'invasive carp', the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources would need to give it a green signal.

Actually, Asian carp describes two closely related fishes, the bighead carp and silver carp. These are native to a region of Asian spanning China, part of Siberia and North Korea, said Cindy Kolar from the U.S. Geological Survey in Reston.

It was some three decades ago that the fish became threat to native fish in the Great Lakes, Minnesota and other places. Jean Lee testified for the Senate Bill said the term 'Asian Carp' was used during a round-table meeting that she attended with Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officials.

In the meeting, they referred the Asian people in terms of being invasive species. It was quite upsetting. The main aspect of the fish is that it is invasive and it would be better that the fish get acknowledged in that way only. The Senate bill has been approved and awaits a floor vote.

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