Episode 102: Asian Carp

Asian Carp are quickly becoming the invasive species to beat. They are showing up and taking over in rivers across the country and threatening native species by out-competing fish for the plankton that forms the base of the aquatic food chain. The fish may be present in the Twin Cities as well. What better way to head home, than to meet with a fisherman who was tackling the very fish who could soon be greeting us in our home state. We went out with a fisherman on the Peoria River and got to see what our future hopefully doesn’t hold. note: these fish are eaten, despite being heavy on bones, they are quite tasty.

  • http://twitter.com/rockandrope Scott Buchanan

    What’s happening to the fish that are caught…. human or animal consumption? 

    • danielpklein

      human consumption

      • LBY

        Any idea who? Or in what form? “Orange ruffy”? One other question: Do they end up pulling in many other species in those nets? If so, are they thrown back and do they appear viable when that happens? Thanks for a fascinating episode (wanted more info on the bizarre jumping behavior, too).

  • Joe

    The fish are actually a delicacy in many Asian countries.  So it’s no surprise there’s a market for them.  LBY, the fish jump as a defense mechanism to avoid predators.  There are probably few other fish caught in the lines because: (1) the Asian Carp have been vacuuming up the plankton, thus leaving little for other species and reducing those populations in the Illinois River.

    • danielpklein

      thanks Joe

  • Foody 2 and Oliver

    I’m embarrassed to say that I’ve heard a lot about the Asian Carp, but this episode made it real. 
    Do you have any idea what is being done in Minnesota to get ahead of this? Thank you once again.

  • RaptorJesus

    I wonder if it is possible to efficiently process the carp for pet food, high quality lean protein is always a good source of nutrition for pet owners that want good quality food for their animals. I can see it as a good way to cull vast quantities of the carp from the river while still selling it semi-locally to lessen its carbon impact. The fish are so bad that my nearby bike trail that runs along a series of canals has a fence to prevent the fish from migrating into a unpopulated river system. They are also a nuisance to all river water sports enthusiasts, a friend of mine broke his nose when a fish collided with him while water skiing.

  • Andy

    I’d love to see how you’d cook them up. Consider it a public service.