Our governor (Quinn) held a news conference about one solution to the invasive fish threat to the Great Lakes.
While not the complete solution, this piece makes perfect sense to me. Sell and export the fish.
The state will be investing $2 million in the fisheries that process and export millions of pounds of Asian carp to China and other countries.
This will create jobs and get rid of more of these fish (maybe an additional 30 million pounds).
Two interesting notes on the story:
- One of Illinois' U.S. representatives made a dumb statement. The goal, Halvorson said, was to "return Asian carp to where they rightfully belong."
- The fish will be marketed in China as 'Wild Mississippi River Fish'.
Hey it not like these fish came here on their own. The catfish industry brought them over to clean fish farms.
I suggest you pass on the wild river fish dish on your next visit to China.
I found a good clip on the bigger story. It's from CNN. It educates and entertains. Take a look.
The real fear is these big silver carp (often the media just calls them Asian carp) get into Lake Michigan (then the other great lakes) and take over. The fish grow and multiple much quicker than the native fish and take over the waters.
I've written about this problem before - link - also there's another video about it on that post.
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