Leaping fish? Why Asian carp must be stopped

  • Article by: Paul Olson
  • Updated: July 31, 2013 - 7:24 PM

A Hitchcock-worthy cruise on the Illinois River shows why Minnesota must act before it’s too late.

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RankenFyleJul. 31, 1311:14 PM

Lock the dam lock now. If we can't rally around this now, there will be a lot of fidgeting when trying to explain this one to the grand kids. A warming climate? If we can't agree to stop the carp, forget about the climate; we're toast!

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firefi01Jul. 31, 1311:19 PM

Catch em and feed em to the cat.

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owatonnabillAug. 1, 13 5:24 AM

"Catch em and feed em to the cat." ......... Cat? Try people. These critters are delicious and are farmed in many parts of the world as a tasty, cheap source of protein. Despite our best efforts they will be a permanent part of America's waterways. Might as well make the best of it. How does that saying go? It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness? They're here and it doesn't look like they're planning on leaving any time soon.

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texas_technomanAug. 1, 13 5:55 AM

Having to depend on politicians in DC to solve this problem makes it a lost cause from the get go. The house spends it time voting down Obamacare, naming Post Offices, or being on break. They had a break for the 4th....now they get another 5 weeks off. As Mel Jass used to say "He's got a good job"!

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oscarfallsAug. 1, 13 6:44 AM

Bad news and just because its bound to happen doesn't mean we can't prolong it a bit.

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TheDarkOneAug. 1, 13 8:19 AM

As soon as a use for these creatures is discovered which generates sufficient demand I'm sure they'll be overfished to near extinction....

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susanlynnjAug. 1, 13 8:29 AM

Why not put a bounty on them and build a public works fish fertilizer plant? It might not make a profit, but it might break even, and it would provide jobs. I guess the problem with eating asian carp is they have a lot of bone, and just the name is unappetizing to the public. Bounties have been very effective in the past!

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trlandsAug. 1, 13 8:36 AM

CarpNado!! Close the lock.

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hookshotAug. 1, 13 9:09 AM

Our lakes and rivers are part of our identity. I don't want to tell my grandkids what it used to be like here, when you could actually boat and waterski without risk of injury. Once these get into the upper part of the Mississippi, they can migrate to almost any lake in the state. Stop them by any means necessary.

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imperialmanAug. 1, 13 9:10 AM

If only they would snack on the ash borer beetle when they lept in the air.

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