What is this I’m hearing about carp?

Over the last few months talk about Asian carp has increased exponentially in the Chicagoland area.  Why?  Asian carp is not indigenous to the Great Lakes region, and it is a very large fish.  So large that it quickly invades the local fisheries leaving little room for anything else.  They are known to jump out of the water forcefully enough to hit people in the face.   According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association invasive species can seriously alter with the indigenous resources and the human use of these resources.  The National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science research these invasive species.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been asked by the White House and Congress to come up with a solution.  One of these solutions is blocking parts of Chicago’s canal systems so the fish cannot get into Lake Michigan.  However, this blocks commercial ships from normal business and could cost almost $18 billion.  One local man’s solution is to just eat and hunt the carp into extinction.   There is no perfect solution to this problem, so expect to hear a lot more about it.


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