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All Things Great Lakes

An Illinois radio station recently produced a news story about how anglers can help rein in the Asian carp population in the Illinois River by fishing the heck out of the species. It’s the “If you can’t beat ’em, eat ’em” approach to controlling Asian carp.

It’s an interesting counterattack against an invasive species, but I’m skeptical about our ability to eat our way out of the Asian carp crisis. Here’s why: Asian carp now comprise 63 percent of all fish biomass in the Illinois River.

In other words, two-thirds of all fish in the Illinois River — by weight – are Asian carp. That is a remarkable, alarming statistic.

Worse, the plague of Asian carp laying siege to the Illinois River — and much of the Mississippi River basin — is closing in on the Great Lakes. Breeding populations of Asian carp can be found just 50 miles from…

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