A new scientific report says that invasive Asian carp have the ability to thrive in all five of the Great Lakes.
The study was led by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada and found there would be enough food to fuel the invasion.
“The questions everyone has been asking are: ‘Can a breeding population survive in the Great Lakes and would it be a significant problem if they did?'” USGS Director Marcia McNutt said in a released statement. “Now we know the answers and unfortunately they are ‘yes and yes.’ “
Based on a population model, scientists estimate that it would take 10 female and male carp to have at least a 50 percent chance of successfully spawning. They estimate the fish would spread through the Great Lakes in about 20 years.
A transportation bill signed by President Obama earlier this month directs the Army Corps of Engineers to expedite a critical study to find a permanent solution to the carp invasion, according to the Chicago Tribune.