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Illinois DNR hires chef to show how tasty Asian carp can be
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | Sept. 20, 2011 | By Dan Egan

Posted on 09/22/2011 12:54:09 PM PDT by Red Badger

It is a stark reminder that the Asian carp infestation that has overwhelmed stretches of river in the Mississippi River basin and is now threatening the waters of the Great Lakes isn't going to go away anytime soon: The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has hired a Louisiana chef for a made-for-media event this week to demonstrate just how good these fish can be to eat.

It's part of the Target Hunger Now campaign, a state-sponsored humanitarian effort to turn the jumbo jumping carp into "healthy, ready-to-serve meals" for the needy. The program also provides venison to the poor.

It already has provided thousands of meals to needy children and families, but this is about more than feeding the poor.

Illinois is in a protracted battle with its neighboring Great Lakes states over how to beat back the carp migrating up the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, a man-made link between the carp-infested Mississippi basin and Lake Michigan.

Neighboring states want Illinois to slam shut two navigation locks as a makeshift barrier to block the advance of the fish; Illinois contends that such a closure would do great harm to the barge industry that relies on a free-flowing canal, and that it is unnecessary because an electric barrier on the canal is keeping the carp at bay.

Not everyone is so convinced the barrier is working as advertised. Water samples taken from the 70-plus miles of canals above the barrier repeatedly have tested positive for Asian carp DNA, and in the summer of 2010, a 20-pound Asian carp was pulled from a fisherman's net about seven miles south of Lake Michigan.

Illinois officials see its eat-the-carp program as another tool to keep the fish out of Lake Michigan.

According to the Illinois DNR:

"Illinois' $15 billion-dollar shipping industry has been threatened through ongoing legal actions by neighboring Great Lakes states in an attempt to close Chicago's navigation locks. Using Asian carp as a healthy food source for food banks is a major step towards eradication of the fish in Illinois waters and protects the waterway shipping industry from forced closures of our locks and dam systems."

The Illinois DNR also hopes the program will do some good for Illinois rivers.

"The Asian carp threat also continues to have a negative impact on Illinois' commercial and sport fishing industries and tourism and leads to revenue and job loss. Asian carp are voracious eaters consuming more than 40 percent of their body weight per day in plankton," states the Illinois DNR's official description of the program.

"They compete with our native fish species for food and can quickly overtake native populations of fish in our rivers, lakes and streams. The planned overfishing program of Asian carp will help protect these multibillion dollar industries in Illinois and the Great Lakes while protecting revenues and ensuring jobs. The overfishing program for Asian carp will also provide an abundance of fish available to feed our fellow Illinoisans."

The Illinois DNR will demonstrate recipes at a dinner with chef Philippe Parola on Thursday at Christ the King Jesuit College Preparatory High School in Chicago.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: asiancarp; fish; food
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All they have to do is declare a no bag limit on these fish and the fishermen will take care of the problem........

1 posted on 09/22/2011 12:54:18 PM PDT by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger

eww...


2 posted on 09/22/2011 12:55:22 PM PDT by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: Red Badger

So are they going to replace Michigan’s $10 billion sportfishing industry?


3 posted on 09/22/2011 12:57:56 PM PDT by cripplecreek (A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a permanent Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
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To: Red Badger

the moral of the story is....


4 posted on 09/22/2011 12:58:07 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (...then they came for the guitars, and we kicked their sorry faggot asses into the dust)
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To: Red Badger

Soon this will be all that we can afford to eat, for those of us not on Food Stamps.


5 posted on 09/22/2011 1:01:02 PM PDT by NEMDF
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To: Red Badger
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has hired a Louisiana chef for a made-for-media event this week to demonstrate just how good these fish can be to eat.

Cajuns will eat anything.

....or so the stereotype goes....

6 posted on 09/22/2011 1:01:10 PM PDT by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
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To: Red Badger

Most carp I’ve eaten taste like mud.


7 posted on 09/22/2011 1:01:41 PM PDT by mbynack (Retired USAF SMSgt)
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To: Red Badger

They can’t be caught hook and line (plankton eaters). Only netted or, if you’re feeling adventurous, try bow fishing and sticking them when they try to jump in your lap.


8 posted on 09/22/2011 1:02:05 PM PDT by 50cal Smokepole (Effective gun control involves effective recoil management)
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To: Red Badger
They'd better come up with some genuinely good recipes. Domestic Lake Erie carp (aka "sewer inspectors") are generally considered edible only in the case of impending starvation. I have heard that the Chinese like this asian carp though so maybe there is a new export product in the works.
9 posted on 09/22/2011 1:02:27 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: The_Victor

Add enough red pepper and garlic and it will taste great..........


10 posted on 09/22/2011 1:03:09 PM PDT by Red Badger ("Treason doth never prosper.... What's the reason? Why if it prosper, none dare call it treason.")
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To: Red Badger

I’m not sure how well Illinoisans would cotton to Louisiana style carp. Blackened seasoning and such isn’t hugely popular in, say, Chicago.


11 posted on 09/22/2011 1:03:11 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: cripplecreek

From what I’ve seen, the carp will destroy the sport fishing industry in the Great Lakes if they get there in any numbers. And apparently they multiply like rabbits.

I hear they are served in some restaurants under the phony name “silver fin” - but actually I’ve heard they taste pretty good. Considering farm raised talapia is fed by the poop of farm raised striped bass - I guess anything can make it to the table....


12 posted on 09/22/2011 1:03:39 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright
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To: Red Badger

a grade “B” sci-fi thriller where Gordon Ramsey is the hero


13 posted on 09/22/2011 1:04:26 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Red Badger

Carp... maybe. No one says good things about the snakehead.


14 posted on 09/22/2011 1:05:45 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: mbynack

These carp aren’t bottom feeders and taste fine.

BUT fishing for them will not prevent them from getting into the great lakes. The fed needs to fill in the canal. But Bongo will listen to Chicago of course, and there goes the fishing industry on the great lakes.


15 posted on 09/22/2011 1:05:48 PM PDT by RadiationRomeo (Step into my mind and glimpse the madness that is me)
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To: C. Edmund Wright
Considering farm raised talapia is fed by the poop of farm raised striped bass - I guess anything can make it to the table....

Recycling, man, recycling. Anyone with a cat with an indoor litter box, and a dog, knows about this. To the dog, it's Tootsie Rolls.

16 posted on 09/22/2011 1:06:01 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: Red Badger

More waste of tax dollars


17 posted on 09/22/2011 1:06:23 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: NEMDF

they come in a yellow box that says “Gorton’s” on it


18 posted on 09/22/2011 1:08:29 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: HiTech RedNeck

That was just totally unnecessary. Funny, relevant, but totally unnecessary...


19 posted on 09/22/2011 1:09:44 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright
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To: Red Badger

These fish are not natural the the US and are very destructive. They should just catch and kill them. I know someone who wanted one for his pond because it had a green growth problem. The state gov’t told him he would have to sign his life away to get one and it would totally kill whatever else that was in there. He passed.

http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/environment/natural-disasters/how-to-stop-the-carp-invasion


20 posted on 09/22/2011 1:09:55 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: the invisib1e hand

Give a man a carp and he’ll eat for a day.

Carp diem!


21 posted on 09/22/2011 1:10:33 PM PDT by WOBBLY BOB (See ya later, debt inflator ! Gone in 4 (2012))
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To: RadiationRomeo

Is screening the canal not feasible? So as to catch every single carp that tries to swim up that way?


22 posted on 09/22/2011 1:11:15 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: C. Edmund Wright

*** HEH HEH HEH ***


23 posted on 09/22/2011 1:13:08 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: C. Edmund Wright
Considering farm raised talapia is fed by the poop of farm raised striped bass - I guess anything can make it to the table.... I haven't eaten a bite of Tilapia since I saw that episode of Dirty Jobs. Bleecchh!
24 posted on 09/22/2011 1:13:18 PM PDT by pgkdan (Perry/Cain 2012)
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To: C. Edmund Wright
Considering farm raised talapia is fed by the poop of farm raised striped bass - I guess anything can make it to the table....

I haven't eaten a bite of Tilapia since I saw that episode of Dirty Jobs. Bleecchh!

25 posted on 09/22/2011 1:14:59 PM PDT by pgkdan (Perry/Cain 2012)
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To: Red Badger
"healthy, ready-to-serve meals" for the needy

How about adding them to school lunch programs nationwide? What better way to get rid of this nuisance fish than by using school children all over the country to transfer them from lunch trays in to trash cans?

26 posted on 09/22/2011 1:15:43 PM PDT by WayneS (Don't Blame Me, I voted for Kodos!)
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To: pgkdan

In some restaurants and groceries you can get wild tilapia - very good and without the bleeechh! Just stay away from the, ahem, “farm raised” type.

But you have the right idea, I quit eating the farm raised after that same episode. That was TMI for sure.


27 posted on 09/22/2011 1:16:40 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright
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To: C. Edmund Wright
They can't be commercially sold in any kind of amount due to the supposed mercury contamination. People should really be asking themselves why Illinois has so much control over the great lakes these days despite having a minimal stake in them.

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Obama has stepped into the middle of the court fight between illinois and 5 other states along with Canada. He's appointed two czars and done all he can to help his Chicago buds.

There are Japanese companies that lead fishing tours here for Steelhead fishing at the Tippi Dam on the Manistee river.

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28 posted on 09/22/2011 1:17:03 PM PDT by cripplecreek (A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a permanent Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

Wait till the people get hungry enough and snakehead will become gourmet fare.


29 posted on 09/22/2011 1:18:00 PM PDT by 353FMG (Liberalism is Satan's handiwork.)
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To: WayneS

Pay some fishermen to fish the dickens out of the carp. Kids don’t like fish patties all that well, but they’ll gladly eat fish sticks. It would also be lower in mercury than most wild fish, so healthier.


30 posted on 09/22/2011 1:18:21 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: cripplecreek

Huh, lots of Hg? In Lake Michigan?


31 posted on 09/22/2011 1:20:04 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: WayneS

We always had fish on Fridays in school............


32 posted on 09/22/2011 1:22:15 PM PDT by Red Badger ("Treason doth never prosper.... What's the reason? Why if it prosper, none dare call it treason.")
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To: Red Badger

A carp in every pot!


33 posted on 09/22/2011 1:22:33 PM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
To the dog, it's Tootsie Rolls.

Feed the cat peanuts and it's Baby Ruth.

34 posted on 09/22/2011 1:22:46 PM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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... demonstrate recipes at a dinner with (Louisiana) chef Philippe Parola ...

If you fry it till its blackened and then dump enough Tabasco sauce on it, you'll find some Cajuns somewhere to eat it when they're hungry enough.

Asian Carp are not good game fish and more especially, they are not good eating. The fish are bottom dwellers and they are oily and smelly. No chef, no matter where he hails from, can change those facts.

35 posted on 09/22/2011 1:22:57 PM PDT by pyx (Rule#1.The LEFT lies.Rule#2.See Rule#1. IF THE LEFT CONTROLS THE LANGUAGE, IT CONTROLS THE ARGUMENT.)
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To: Red Badger

Methinks he’s jumped the carp...

Colonel, USAFR


36 posted on 09/22/2011 1:23:27 PM PDT by jagusafr ("We hold these truths to be self-evident...")
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Huh, lots of Hg? In Lake Michigan?

That's what they say. Strict low limits have been placed on the sale of great lakes fish because of it. Personally I'm not so sure. Fishing guides have been eating great lakes fish nearly daily for years with no appreciable rise in mercury levels in their bodies.
37 posted on 09/22/2011 1:25:00 PM PDT by cripplecreek (A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a permanent Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Carpe carp diem.

Sieze the fish today!

Use a net - they jump.


38 posted on 09/22/2011 1:25:21 PM PDT by patton
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To: DTogo

Something must eat carp in Asia to keep them in check.........


39 posted on 09/22/2011 1:26:40 PM PDT by Red Badger ("Treason doth never prosper.... What's the reason? Why if it prosper, none dare call it treason.")
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To: Red Badger

Do you think these carp would eat delta smelt?


40 posted on 09/22/2011 1:27:37 PM PDT by abigailsmybaby ("To understan' the livin', you gotta commune wit' da dead." Minerva)
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To: 50cal Smokepole

As a young kid we would go down to the creek and spear them - 2nd to 5th grade or so. Later would bow hunt them - even went on a few “hunts” in high school. Lots of fun chasing carp around!!!

The nearest trash can would take most of the carp. A couple were brought back to a neighbor for his compost pile. And a couple were placed on the doorsteps of various friends and enemies as either a practical joke or just to be mean.

The thought never crossed our minds to eat them. Although in Europe they are a huge sport fish. And I think you can fish for them using doughballs, corn, etc. on the bottom. Not so much plankton eaters - but bottom feeders - of most anything.


41 posted on 09/22/2011 1:28:27 PM PDT by 21twelve (Obama Recreating the New Deal: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts)
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To: Red Badger

Ever tried carp? Even supposedly “well prepared” carp?

It’s nasty, oily, fishy, boney and tough as a shoe. These are bottom feeders, and particularly in the Great Lakes that is not such a good thing, since they are what they eat.

This fish is the marine equivalent of road kill. If it were such a frackin’ delicacy, there would be no need for any Gubmint agency to try and convince people of it....


42 posted on 09/22/2011 1:28:50 PM PDT by Bean Counter (Obama got mostly Ds and Fs all through college and law school. Keep repeating it.....)
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To: Red Badger

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hN2gMP3Q2Z4

CARP Hunters!


43 posted on 09/22/2011 1:31:30 PM PDT by KOZ.
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To: abigailsmybaby

No, they are vegans........


44 posted on 09/22/2011 1:31:30 PM PDT by Red Badger ("Treason doth never prosper.... What's the reason? Why if it prosper, none dare call it treason.")
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To: cripplecreek

Some modern testing would seem to be called for. Surely if O’bummer wants to help Chicago be rid of these fish, he can give a buzz to his buddies in the Dept. of Agriculture and have them check the mercury again.


45 posted on 09/22/2011 1:31:41 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: cripplecreek; HiTech RedNeck

Caused by the DNR, when they started dreding the feeder rivers, in some sort of abatement program.

Hg levels in Lake Michigan went through the roof.

No problem is so bad, the the government can’t make it worse ...

cripplecreek, when my wife was pregnant with my middle kid, they ran commercials all the time - “Pregnant women, do not eat fish from lake MI.”


46 posted on 09/22/2011 1:31:51 PM PDT by patton
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To: 21twelve

If caught out of clean water, I think carp are very tasty. I’ve caught dozens of them using whole kernel corn as a bait. You’ve got to navigate those little cross hatch bones,but I think they are way underrated as a food fish in the US.


47 posted on 09/22/2011 1:32:31 PM PDT by no gnu taxes
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To: jagusafr

He’s full of carp.........


48 posted on 09/22/2011 1:33:06 PM PDT by Red Badger ("Treason doth never prosper.... What's the reason? Why if it prosper, none dare call it treason.")
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To: Red Badger

Send it to the jails, convicts have to eat.


49 posted on 09/22/2011 1:33:06 PM PDT by Captain PJ
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To: pyx

If they are cannibals of other fish, this reputation for bottom feeding is not strictly true.


50 posted on 09/22/2011 1:33:55 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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