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Scientists: Mussels may leave carp nothing to eat

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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (WKOW) -- Some scientists believe if Asian carp manage to invade Lake Michigan, there will not be enough food for them to survive.

Carp feed largely on microscopic plants and animals called plankton. But a new report suggests that mussels are diminishing the lake's food web by eating so much plankton.

Federal scientist Gary Fahnenstiel says the plankton shortage is so severe that if Asian carp reach Lake Michigan, they will either turn back or starve.

Other scientists say the carp are flexible enough to find other food.

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