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Everybody hears of the asian carp, but what do they do?

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Comment by Ellen on March 9, 2011 at 3:37pm

well, the Asians are practicing their culture when eating these carp, but they do not understand the concern for Americas waterways......2 fish farms/fish importers have been caught smuggling Asian carp into Canada.

While U.S. dithers, Canada acts on carp

........fish were likely headed to Asian markets in the Toronto area, where they are a popular ethnic delicacy, the newspaper reported. It also quoted an Ontario Commercial Fisheries’ Association biologist as saying the carp are typically purchased in pairs as an ethnic ritual that involves killing one and setting the the other free.


Comment by Eric Stallsmith on November 8, 2010 at 1:03pm
i agree....the toothpaste is out of the tube, but people look for the govt to do something and thus they do. It will slow things down, but I think it impossible to ultimately stop invasive species.

Asian carp, emerald ash borer, zebra mussels, japenese beatles, are but a few of the invasive species that come to mind.

I find it a bit ironic that we think we can introduce a species thinking that this will help us....it always backfires...can anybody think of a success story?

Given this fact why do we think that genetic engineering will turn out any better? I think people know this and this is why they oppose genetic engineering salmon and similar ventures.
Comment by Ellen on November 8, 2010 at 12:08pm
I do not believe you can stop an invasive species such as this. Have you heard of 'flying ferries'? Refers to water fowl that transport sticky fish eggs, and such from one location to another, so building an 10 foot fence as they have on the Eagle Marsh Wetland Preserve to prevent the carp coming with the seasonal flooding of wetland river from entering the other rivers, or lakes is folly to me.
Comment by Eric Stallsmith on November 5, 2010 at 1:13pm
the only plan I hear about is to just stop them from spreading into the great lakes....it is accepted that they will be in all indiana rivers.

The fish is edible, but i am not sure about the toxin load. Nor am I sure about the toxin load of regular fish you buy at the store.
Comment by Chuck Moore on November 4, 2010 at 10:40am
Since the carp are here what are we going to do about them if anything. Could Asian Carp become a game fish? Are they good to eat or can they be prepared to be more palatable? What about using them for dog/cat food? How about as a fertilizer or as Omega 3 fish oil?

This might be an opportunity to start a commercial fishing industry on our rivers and infected lakes. Comments?
Comment by Ellen on August 4, 2010 at 12:22pm
Nooooo.......don't throw them back in the Wabash!!!!!! Send all the refugees, and others to bag all these nasty carp, no license, no limit, no size restriction, let them eat carp, they already are catching, eating their catch on the Maumee, St. Marys, St. Joseph.....
Comment by Eric Stallsmith on August 4, 2010 at 10:54am
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