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Old August 9th, 2019, 05:36 AM #1
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Asian Carp Threaten Kentucky's Boating Industries

I thought you fishing guys would be interested...(but you prolly already know this).


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Old August 9th, 2019, 05:55 AM #2
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Start trading the rednecks Bud Light for an Asian Carp.
Problem solved.

Hell, I would fish for beer.
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When I read the title, I had a mental picture of two carp in black suits, smoking cigars, going into a luxury office and saying something like. "Hey there, Mr. Jones. We is here from the neighborhood protection organization. This is a pretty nice industry, yous got here, Mr. Jones.... it would be a shame if someone were to come along and break it".
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This has been a problem for decades, and it's only getting worse. Just to give you guys some perspective, here is a video of a recent electrofishing study showing just how dense these fish are in the river:



I really hope the commercial fishery for these fish takes off. It's the only chance endemic fish have to survive. Otherwise, the only other option is to Rotenone the whole waterway and start over.
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This has been a problem for decades, and it's only getting worse. Just to give you guys some perspective, here is a video of a recent electrofishing study showing just how dense these fish are in the river:



I really hope the commercial fishery for these fish takes off. It's the only chance endemic fish have to survive. Otherwise, the only other option is to Rotenone the whole waterway and start over.
Wow!

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Damn that was cool!!

If I knew how to cook carp, my family could live for years off that.
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Sounds like they need to build a Pogie Plant or 2
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Time to throw in some snakeheads
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I saw an article yesterday about carp threatening one of the Great Lakes
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This has been a problem for decades, and it's only getting worse. Just to give you guys some perspective, here is a video of a recent electrofishing study showing just how dense these fish are in the river:



I really hope the commercial fishery for these fish takes off. It's the only chance endemic fish have to survive. Otherwise, the only other option is to Rotenone the whole waterway and start over.
Commercial fishing for them is not economical. Common carp, buffalo and other bottom feeders bring in pennies per pound. Their boat needed to carry the tons of fish needed to make any money would eat all the profits in fuel. There is a book I read about harvesting invasive species for food is a good read about these and other aliens that have invaded the US, It's called Eating Aliens by Jackson Landers.

We have our own invasive fish in Maryland which is going to become a real mess in the next 5-10 years. The Northern Snakehead is now found in nearly every river from the Potomac across the bay to the Nanticoke north on both sides of the bay. They have traveled through the C&D into the Delaware and are now being caught in the Schuylkill River in Philly. They have a insatiable appetite and will eat anything they can catch including small mammals, baby waterfowl and every species of native fish. They can grow up to 18" in their first year, are sexually mature at 2 years, spawn multiple times per season, lay over 100,000 eggs during their spawns and can double their population in 15 months. (to put it into perspective one female can create up to 12 million mature offspring in 3 years through generational reproduction) I caught several last week on the Middle and Gunpowder river up to six pounds. They can grow to over 15 pounds. Marine biologists claim that the finfish biomass in the Blackwater refuge is now 80-90% snakehead and they have decimated the population of perch, bass and sunfish. They will eat fish up to 2/3rds of their own length and can survive for days, maybe weeks in little to no water. The upside is that unlike the Asian Carp which is mediocre table fare at best, snakeheads are delicious..I rank them up there with flounder or sea bass. They have also recently been caught in Loch Raven above the dams and in little Seneca lake in MOCO. Because the lay so many eggs, waterfowl easy spread them so eventually they will find their way into most of the freshwater inpoundments...
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