Alligator Gar vs. Asian Carp, and Conservation of Ancient Fishes

ASF - NatGeo - Gar vs Carp

Alligator Gars have been in the media quite a bit recently, primarily regarding their potential as a “weapon against Asian Carp.” But is carp control really the purpose of their reintroduction in several states, most recently in Illinois? Even if that were the case, would these ancient giants make a difference versus the gargantuan numbers of Bighead and Silver Carps?

I had the opportunity to provide some background and further insight through our National Geographic blog channel at Shedd Aquarium. Please read, share, and there will certainly be more to come!