First brought to the US as a food in the 1800s, Asian carp (a colloquial name) have seen their role in North America’s ecosystem fall sharply. From foodfish to sportfish to commercial cleaning fish to enemy of the people, things aren’t looking good for this adaptive beast.

Now the Asian carp faces the wrath of the US Army Corps of Engineers and a $275 million fortification at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam to keep the invasive brute out of the waters of Lake Michigan.