CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — If you can't beat 'em, eat 'em.
That's what Illinois environmentalists, researchers and policymakers are saying about Asian carp.
A Wednesday meeting focused on innovative solutions to stop the invasive carp, including by heavily fishing waterways and eating them. [..]
Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon says immediate actions are needed to save native species and stop Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes.
Part of the Asian carp’s poor image stems from its name. It’s often confused with the common carp, a bottom feeder with a flavor sometimes referred to as “muddy.”
The Asian carp, in fact, is a clean fish that feeds on plankton and algae in the upper water of rivers. It’s rich in protein and low in mercury because it doesn’t eat other fish.
The tender flesh lacks a “fishy” taste, so it easily absorbs the flavors of sauces, spices and herbs cooked with it.
“This fish is so good, I’d take it over tilapia,” said chef Philippe Parola of Baton Rouge, La., who has conducted Asian carp cooking demonstrations in Illinois in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ “Target Hunger Now!” program. The initiative encourages hunters and anglers to donate deer and Asian carp to food banks in Illinois.
On the off chance you're not familiar with Asian Carp, take a look at them wreaking havoc. They can reach 50lbs. Imagine getting smacked in the head by one of the big ones.