Widespread Invasive Fish

The carp originated as an ornamental and aquaculture fish in China but has spread as an invasive species worldwide. In fact, the common species has now spread to inhabit all continents in the world except Antarctica. Ironically enough, native wild populations in Asia are actually considered vulnerable to extinction yet are highly destructive and abundant in waters in other parts of the world where it’s not supposed to be found.

They are hardy fish that can adapt to most water conditions but prefer larger bodies of water such as lakes and large rivers. They are a schooling fish, making them fun to see while scuba diving as you will most likely see many at one time. Dive with carp today by visiting one of the dive sites on the map below where they are commonly seen.