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‘Redneck Fishing’ for Flying Asian Carp on Illinois River
Can I eat Asian carp?
The Mississippi River and other waterways in the state have been invaded, and the enemy is Asian carp. Introduced in the s to control weed and parasite growth, Asian carp — also known as silver carp — are now a major nuisance. In China. The most obvious — and startling — nuisance is when Asian carp, usually weighing around 20 pounds each, leap out of the water and into boats, occasionally striking people on board. Rather than dive deeper in the water as other fish do when threatened, these fish jump up to 10 feet out of the water. A silver carp, better know as Asian carp, jumping out of the water while members of a business delegation from China tour the Mississippi River.
Flying Asian Carp, If You Can't Fight 'Em Eat 'Em
Several species of heavy-bodied cyprinid fishes are collectively known in the United States as Asian carp. Cyprinids from the Indian subcontinent—for example, catla Catla catla and mrigal Cirrhinus cirrhosus —are not included in this classification and are known collectively as "Indian carp". All the above, except largescale silver carp, have been cultivated in aquaculture in China for over 1, years. Largescale silver carp, a more southern species, is native to Vietnam and is cultivated there.
In the small town of Bath, Illinois, a little more than miles southwest of Chicago, an annual competition to catch flying fish draws visitors from near and far. The invasive species is traveling up the Mississippi River watershed and its tributaries, like the Illinois River, threatening the freshwater ecosystem of Lake Michigan by outcompeting native fish for food. Silver carp's "startle response" is jumping out of the water due to the noise and pressure waves caused by boat motors. Fish biologist Jan Hoover from the U. Army Engineer Research and Development Center was at the event studying specimen by collecting bone samples to age the fish and examining ovaries to learn more about their reproductive cycles.