Thursday, August 10, 2006

Cash Carp?

Illinois officials are considering a plan to fund a fish processing company to the tune of $750,000, so they can carry out a plan to market invasive Asian carp to Asian countries as a tasty food product.

"Along with potentially altering the food chain, the fish have a propensity for leaping out of the water (video link) when disturbed by boats. There are numerous reports of collisions between boaters and fish."

The fish processor currently harvests about 2 million pounds of the fleshy missiles from the states waters. They have indicated that they with the infusion of cash they will be able to up this number to around 10 million pounds per year. This makes me wonder if the French might not someday be dining on New Zealand Mud Snail Escargot.

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