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Tue., Sept. 27, 2011, 7:38 a.m.

Asian carp: if you can’t beat ‘em, eat ‘em

Asian bighead carp swim in an exhibit at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium. Illinois officials say the solution to two major problems _ the Asian carp's threatening of the Great Lakes and record numbers of people facing hunger _ could be simple. Starting Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, the Department of Natural Resources launches a campaign to change the fish's image and teach people how to cook the ultra-bony meat.  (Associated Press)
Asian bighead carp swim in an exhibit at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium. Illinois officials say the solution to two major problems _ the Asian carp's threatening of the Great Lakes and record numbers of people facing hunger _ could be simple. Starting Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, the Department of Natural Resources launches a campaign to change the fish's image and teach people how to cook the ultra-bony meat. (Associated Press)

FISHERIES -- Asian bighead carp have become a big pain in the rear for fisheries managers and boaters in the Great Lakes region.

To get a sense of the danger they pose to boaters, check out this video of flying carp on the Illinois River.

Illinois officials say some creative thinking about the exotic species might offer a solution to two major problems _ the Asian carp's threatening of the Great Lakes and record numbers of people facing hunger.

In other words, quit carping about the carp and start commercial fisheries to catch them so they can be consumed.

Starting last week, the state's Department of Natural Resources launched a campaign to change the fish's image and teach people how to cook the ultra-bony meat.




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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