‘If you can’t beat ‘em, eat ‘em:’ University of Illinois serves invasive Asian carp for dinner
January 26, 2019 Megan Thompson
This story originally appeared on PBS NewsHour Weekend and is republished here with permission.
CHAMPAIGN, Illinois — It’s dinner time on a Tuesday in October at a popular dining hall at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, its flagship campus. Hungry students line up, swipe their ID cards and swarm the buffets.
It turns out “Silverfin” is another name for Asian carp, an invasive species wreaking havoc in lakes and rivers across the Midwest. And this Silverfin smorgasbord is a part of Illinois’ novel efforts to battle back the fish, which are now within 50 miles from entering Lake Michigan.
Money to be made here for commercial fishing.