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Managing the carp?

Posted at 11:41 AM on October 21, 2011 by Paul Tosto
Filed under: Environment

It's pretty much understood that we can't defeat the silver carp or any of the Asian carp species. So can they be managed? The answer's yes. But what to do?

The Detroit Free Press did a great package, including the video below, on the Asian carp species and its potential effects.

The video does a great job framing the history, science and politics of the Asian carp in the U.S.

Maybe the most interesting item in the video is that fishermen and processors along the Illinois River have built a healthy business catching the Asian carp here and selling them into markets back in Asia, where the fish remains a popular food item but where dams and pollution have damaged the carp population.

The video also makes it clear the fish are tasty. Along those lines, the Bowfishing Association of Illinois has a page devoted to carp recipes.


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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.