Fisheries, Midwest Region
Conserving America's Fisheries
The National Triploid Grass Carp Management Program

Grass Carp Inspections
Carterville FWCO provides assistance to the National Triploid Grass Carp Certification and Inspection Program. Our biologists perform inspections of alleged triploid (sterile) grass carp for aquaculture farms in the region. We regularly inspect two grass carp on two large farms in Illinois near our office and occasionally inspect other aquaculture farms in the Midwest. The overall purpose of the national inspection program is to provide assurance to state agencies and others concerned about protecting aquatic resources, that shipments of grass carp alleged to be all triploid do not contain diploids (fertile fish).
Grass carp being inspected for ploidy (reproductive ability) during a Fish
and Wildlife Service inspection. Credit: USFWS

Coordination with the National Triploid Grass Carp Certification and Inspection Program
Through his role as the coordinator for the Asian carp management plan, Sam Finney works with personnel from the National Triploid Grass Carp Certification and Inspection Program and Warm Springs Fish Technology Center in the development of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and cooperating triploid grass carp producers. This MOA, through mutual agreement and open communication between the Service and cooperating producers, serves to provide open standards for Service Inspectors, standards for grass carp producers, and standards for collection of fees and fines and penalties for those not in compliance.

Review of the use of Grass Carp
In conjunction with the Mississippi River Basin Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species and its partners, Carterville FWCO is coordinating a nationwide review of the regulation, production, triploid certification, shipping, and stocking of grass carp. The independent review is intended to provide assurances to natural resource managers that the use of triploid grass carp, combined with consistent state regulations, certification and inspection of shipments, and state enforcement effectively reduces the risk of introduction of diploid grass carp. The review covers numerous recommended management actions prescribed by the national Asian carp management plan.