Each invasive Dragonfin used contributes to protecting up to 150 native fish and endangered freshwater species. It also protects the $500 billion dollar economy and livelihoods of over 1.5 million people who depend on the Mississippi River.
The Dragonfin, related to the Carp, was imported to the United States from Southeast Asia in the 1970s to manage ponds. But, flooding in the 1990s allowed these fish to escape into the Mississippi River. Since then, these Dragonfin have been outcompeting nearly all native species and degrading the water quality from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico.