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.
James Garvey is director of the Fisheries and Illinois Aquaculture Center at
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. He says the Asian carp now are the
dominant fish in most major Illinois waterways that can serve as an ideal,
Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon says immediate actions are needed to save native
species and stop Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes.
Already an Illinois Department of Natural Resources program provides Asian
carp meals to needy families, and the state is supporting private efforts to
harvest and sell the fish in China.