Monday, March 28, 2011

Asian Carp Problem = Fish Emulsion Fertilizer Opportunity

For years, Asian Carp have inexorably migrated up the Illinois River from the South. Now, they are on the doorstep of Lake Michigan. NPR ran a story on it here, and CBS has a video about it on YouTube here.
If they reach Lake Michigan, the results will likely be disastrous for the region. Various plans for stopping the carp have been tried, from electric barriers to mass poisoning of the river.

Personally, I'd like to see more companies fish Asian Carp out of the river to produce fish emulsion fertilizer.  It is already being done by one company. Why not make this an all-out effort to get rid of the carp and enrich our gardens in the process?

Similarly, in 2010 Pat Quinn announced that the carp would be shipped to China, where they are considered a delicacy.  I hope more people get on this and start exporting more of the fish to China. We could use a better balance of trade between the two nations.

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