Data from: Tests in a semi-natural environment suggest that bait and switch strategy could be used to control invasive Common Carp



Common Carp (Cyprinus carpio Linnaeus, 1758), is a highly invasive species that has had profound effects on biodiversity and ecosystem services. Many Carp management methods have been applied including physical removal, pesticide treatments of whole lakes, and water drawdowns. Herein, we tested key elements of a potential “bait and switch” approach in which corn could be used to induce feeding aggregations of Carp and then switched for corn pellets with a pesticide Antimycin-A (ANT-A) to selectively target the Carp. First, laboratory experiments were used to determine if addition of lethal concentrations of ANT-A to corn pellets deterred Carp from eating corn-based food pellets. Second, a pond experiment tested if a corn-based bait containing ANT-A functioned as a species-specific Carp management tool in a semi-natural environment with three common native fishes: White Sucker (Catostomus commersonii Lacepède, 1803), Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens, Mitchill, 1814), and Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus Rafinesque, 1819). The use of baited sites by Carp and native species was monitored using passive integrated transponder (PIT) tags. Mortality of each species and presence of corn in their digestive tracts was also monitored.

There are four files: 1) PIT_tagged_FISH contains unique PIT tag for every fish, plus length, species, pond, date of mortality, 2) Raw_detections contains all fish detected during study, 3) Summarized_mortalities contains summaries of the fish mortalities by pond and species before and after experimental treatment, and 4) R_code contains a summary of and code for the R analysis used.

Funding information
Sponsorship: This project was funded by the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF) in association with the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center at the University of Minnesota.
Date made available2020
PublisherData Repository for the University of Minnesota
Date of data productionSep 21 2017 - Oct 13 2017

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