Asian Carp: The Invasive Species Thriving in America's Rivers

By Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg

Although it's unclear how they were first introduced into North American ecosystems, Asian carp have been thriving at the expense of native species for the past few decades. Various efforts have been made to keep them out of the Great Lakes, but for some fishermen, the invaders are good for business. The Perennial Plate, a series about sustainable food, heads to Illinois to talk to the fishermen who haul in thousands of pounds of bighead carp a day. The Perennial Plate is produced by Daniel Klein and Mirra Fine. At least these carp are edible; Klein notes that "despite being heavy on bones, they are quite tasty."

More episodes from the series can be found on the Atlantic Video channel here.

For more information about The Perennial Plate, visit http://www.theperennialplate.com/

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http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2012/05/asian-carp-the-invasive-species-thriving-in-americas-rivers/257583/