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I was at the Lawrence Harbor jetties and we saw 3-4 large fish by the rocks and one of the guys said it was carp. They did look like carp and were quite big. I never heard of carp swimming in saltwater, is that possible?
 

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i never heard of the lawrence harbor, but were they black drum? carp will take brackish water, but i don't think they could handle salt.
 

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Typical Chloride concentrations in Backwater Bays, like Lawrence Harbor is around 3500mg/l, Newark Bay, The Hackensack and Passaic Rivers are tidal waters, up to a certain point, thus considered brackish water. Carp will survive in these concentrations. Typical Ocean water is 35,000 mg/l, carp will not survive.
 

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I dont think they can handle salt water either but the salinity of the bay can change with a large amount of rain... so I guess theres an outside chance that its possible.
 

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I didn't think they can survive in saltwater but I guess the salinity factor is a good argument and they may be able to survive to some extent. Unfortunately once the salinity reaches normal again and the fish can't get back to fresh/brackish water there is little chance for survival. One of the fish I saw was pretty big, at least over 25 lbs.
 

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Typical Chloride concentrations in Backwater Bays, like Lawrence Harbor is around 3500mg/l, Newark Bay, The Hackensack and Passaic Rivers are tidal waters, up to a certain point, thus considered brackish water. Carp will survive in these concentrations. Typical Ocean water is 35,000 mg/l, carp will not survive.

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I was crabbing by my brothers house which is right on the bay last year and we had a big snapping turtle trying to take our chicken wings from our drop lines. I would pull the thing halfway out of the water before it would let go.
 
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