It is difficult to catch Asian carp with a rod and reel -- they seemingly can tell the difference between plankton and a fisherman. And despite the presence of Asian carp recipes on the Internet -- promising a mild taste -- experts suggest that the fish is not typically prepared for eating. Asian carp are not to be released back into the wild. Certainly catching a few Asian carp in a net won’t remedy the threat. Purdue University researchers are working on a toxin that kills the Asian carp but leaves other aquatic life unharmed.
The threat should be taken seriously, and Indiana should pursue legal remedies by Zoeller’s office and monitoring by the Department of Natural Resources to track and control Asian carp. It isn’t too late to stop the problem.
This all could make a good -- well, at least watchable -- TV horror movie. But movies usually end with problems resolved. This real-life threat is ongoing to Indiana’s rivers.
Asian carp may present a SyFy-like scenario in Indiana rivers, but the threat is real.