Although common carp are considered unwanted nuisances in most waters, the grass carp or "whiteamur" has many good qualities. It is better table fare than the common carp and is valuable in controllingaquatic vegetation in public waters. This long, silvery, torpedo-shaped fish is native to Asia and wasintroduced to the U.S. in 1963 when the U.S. Bureau of Sport Fisheries brought 70 fish to the FishFarming Experiment Station in Stuttgart, Arkansas. It has a large tail and blunt head and weighs up to 60pounds. Natural spawning is unknown in the state, so hatchery fish are stocked where needed.
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