Asian Carp fastest-growing fish in United States

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Asian carp were first introduced to North America by fish farmers in the southern U.S. They imported the carp to control plant growth in fish ponds. But the big fish with no natural enemies soon escaped the ponds and began eating -- and leaping -- its way north. And east and west. Carp have been found in Lake Pepin and in lower reaches of the St. Croix River.
Unsuspecting boaters up and down the Mississippi have been injured when 25-to-50-pound silver carp, excited by the boat's motor, jump high in the air and sometimes land in the boat.
Asian carp is the generic term for one of four species of fish that are posing threats. The silver carp is the most notorious, for its acrobatic antics. It's a YouTube favorite.
And the carp are causing as much havoc underwater. Phil Moy studies Asian carp at the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute.
"These things are robbing everything else that depends on the productivity of the water -- the tiniest fish, the minnows that then feed larger fish that then feed us, all rely on plankton -- and here we have a great big fish, and a lot of them, taking the food from everyone else," said Moy. D:
 

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I got hit by a bug once while going full speed on a motor boat. It stung. Imagine a 50 pound fish lol!
 

rudeguy

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luckily the supreme court just decided that Chicago can pollute the great lakes with these things.

Can't wait!
 

mmntech

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They're getting to be a huge problem, especially if they get into the Great Lakes. They could wreak havoc on that ecosystem. Which begs the question. Do these fish taste any good? According to Wikipedia, they taste a bit like cod. The simplest solution to the problem to me would be to begin commercial fishing of them. Fried carp with chips sounds good to me.
 

SagaLore

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luckily the supreme court just decided that Chicago can pollute the great lakes with these things.

Can't wait!

That is just plain stupid.


At first I thought this was a parody of the other "asian fastest growing population" thread. :hmm:
 

amish

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luckily the supreme court just decided that Chicago can pollute the great lakes with these things.

Can't wait!

seriously??? there was such a big push to keep them out of lake michigan. that sucks...
 

RPD

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They're getting to be a huge problem, especially if they get into the Great Lakes. They could wreak havoc on that ecosystem. Which begs the question. Do these fish taste any good? According to Wikipedia, they taste a bit like cod. The simplest solution to the problem to me would be to begin commercial fishing of them. Fried carp with chips sounds good to me.
I thought this as well. I mean why not make them for the fish sandwiches for fast food places?
 

mvbighead

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From what I've heard, they taste horrible.

I am not a fish eater, but my dad and his buddies fish a lot, and no one around the area targets these things. They need to control the population though, that is for damn sure.
 

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That is just plain stupid.


At first I thought this was a parody of the other "asian fastest growing population" thread. :hmm:

I wish it was a parody.

Our Great Lakes are a very important part of our tourism, shipping and all over lifestyle. If they are damaged, I don't even want to imagine how much worse it would make things.
 

mmntech

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From what I've heard, they taste horrible.

I am not a fish eater, but my dad and his buddies fish a lot, and no one around the area targets these things. They need to control the population though, that is for damn sure.

I'd assume they're a white fish, which tend to lack in taste. Probably need a little butter or a good white sauce to perk them up. :hmm:
 

darkewaffle

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Carp aren't really known for being picky eaters and fish that will eat just about anything aren't really known for being tasty.

I'd imagine you could probably turn them into McNuggets and nobody would ever know the difference though.
 

GlacierFreeze

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They're getting to be a huge problem, especially if they get into the Great Lakes. They could wreak havoc on that ecosystem. Which begs the question. Do these fish taste any good? According to Wikipedia, they taste a bit like cod. The simplest solution to the problem to me would be to begin commercial fishing of them. Fried carp with chips sounds good to me.

Seems like I saw something on the news about this particular type is NOT edible... If so, a big problem becomes a bigger problem.
 

gar3555

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as far as eating carp, they are known for having lots of bones. Even if you fillet them, you will still have to deal with bones. If you pickle them, or cook them long enough, the bones become soft and you can eat them.
 

rudeguy

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Wow, I read parody thread all over the title and for once I was wrong. Damn it Analog...

it probably started off that way

But this is a big deal to those of us affected. And the Supreme Court deciding to let it happen is beyond frustrating.
 

Matthiasa

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They are edible, just people don't like eating carp.
Very greasy if I recall, some issue with taste as well since they eat everything.
 

lxskllr

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Seems like I saw something on the news about this particular type is NOT edible... If so, a big problem becomes a bigger problem.

No carp is especially edible. I hear you can prepare them in a way that makes them tolerable, but it's not something you really want unless you're poor and need food.
 

gar3555

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They are edible, just people don't like eating carp.
Very greasy if I recall, some issue with taste as well since they eat everything.

to me, they taste similar to catfish, which also eat basically everything ie bottom feeders. Best to put them in a stock tank or something for a day or two and let them filter out the nastiness.