Editorial: Close the lock, stop the carp

  • Article by: EDITORIAL BOARD
  • Updated: October 8, 2012 - 7:45 PM

Congressional inaction endangers Minnesota's beloved waters.

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ninetyninerOct. 8, 12 8:13 PM

I see opportunity here...why not have a trap shooting contest and use the carp as clay pidgeons. I'm sure there's plenty of bubbas out there that would want a piece of that action. heh-eh.

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owatonnabillOct. 8, 12 8:15 PM

Well, The-Sky-Is-Falling crowd is undoubtedly gonna have a field day with this, but the fact of the matter is that Asian Carp are here and probably don't plan on leaving any time soon. Every cloud has a silver lining, right? the critters are delicious. Owatonnabill has had the privilege of chowing down on them quite a few times and they rival cod in taste and texture. They're huge, prolific and as they don't eat other fish are no danger to the indigenous populations. Plus, they're easy to catch. Redneck fishing tournaments have landing-net contests where the finny varmints are plucked from the air as they frantically soar to avoid boats. All in all, Asian carp seem to have a lot more going for them than a lot of our native breeds.

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connnerOct. 8, 12 8:26 PM

Barriers may slow them down but they will find a way to get there. These fish are here and moving. We need a biological solution to stop/control the problem. We need to invest on science..not barriers...Don't waste our money...

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norselandcOct. 8, 12 8:37 PM

To use an equine idiom, that horse has left the barn. No use in closing the door now.

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mnexpat86Oct. 8, 12 9:33 PM

owatonnabill: It doesn't matter that the carp don't eat other fish. They eat most of the available food sources which kills native fish by starvation.

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mn2niceOct. 8, 12 9:56 PM

The netting idea sounds like it might be workable. I can also see eagles atttempting to grab a few midflight.

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orono77Oct. 8, 12 9:59 PM

The Two Part Tyranny will never act fast enough to address this issue in time.

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rshacklefordOct. 8, 1211:30 PM

"The carp species' voracious appetite leaves little for native fish to eat. The silver carp's mind-boggling leaping ability poses danger to boaters. This one-two carp combo could wreak havoc on Minnesota's $11.3-billion-a-year tourism industry." ---- First, our own voracious appetites could be satisfied by harvesting them for food. Second, there is no danger from their leaping with a netting around the boat (framed by aluminum poles). And, is that $11.3 billion a year figure only fishing related or all tourism related? In any case, the carp are here to stay. Get used to it. Repurpose the millions to be wasted on the coon rapids dam because the carp will be in the recreational pool soon enough.

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olneymacOct. 9, 1212:51 AM

The government does not show up to the party prepaired, on time or with any money.

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mlarsenmplsOct. 9, 12 2:15 AM

Nothing will stop these fish, they will be here long after we are gone. Mother nature can't be stopped.

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