Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Nebraska
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Nebraska Project

Assessment of Silver Carp and Bighead Carp in the Platte River, Nebraska: emphasis on distribution, population demographics and reproduction

January 2022 - January 2024


Participating Agencies

  • Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

Understanding the population characteristics and recruitment of Silver Carp and Bighead Carp within the Platte River system is imperative to prevent further expansion and mitigate the risks to human interests and the native fish communities. The study objectives of this project are to: (1) assess the prevalence of spawning, reproductive success, early recruitment, and habitat use of young-of-year Silver Carp and Bighead Carp within the lower Platte River, and (2) assess the temporal and spatial distribution and reproductive characteristics including—but not limited too—size, age at reproductive maturity and fecundity of Silver Carp and Bighead Carp populations on the Platte River and lower reaches of major tributaries of the Platte River.