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Need-to-read stories on the silver carp

Posted at 8:26 AM on October 21, 2011 by Paul Tosto
Filed under: Environment

We're digging today into the silver carp, its apparent arrival in the Twin Cities and what it means.

Here are a few stories and feeds to get you started.

Getting your facts down. Good piece that goes through some of the fact and fiction of the Asian / silver carp struggle.

Also, here's a good timeline on the Asian carp invasion.

Learn to love them? A Chicago area writer makes some good points about how we've learned to live with other invasive species, including the ringnecked pheasant and brown trout and quotes the head of the Illinois Bow Fishing Association that, "there is nothing that tastes as wonderful as these carp species with their white, thick flaky meat."

Well, OK. We can be flexible. The big difference, though, between the brown trout and the silver carp is that the trout is unlikely to leap out of the water to try and kill or maim me.

Over at our Minnesota Today page, editor Michael Olson has pulled together a feed of stories on the Asian carp and its approach. Check it out.

Any other stories or links on the silver carp picture we should care about? Post them below or contact us directly.

BONUS: Here's a U.S. Geological Survey map showing the range of Hypophthalmichthys molitrix (that's silver carp to you) as of June,


About Paul Tosto

Paul Tosto

Paul Tosto writes the Big Story Blog for MPR News. He joined the newsroom in 2008 after more than 20 years reporting on education, politics and the economy for news wires and newspapers across the country.

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