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A little more on Asian carp

March 27th 2014 19:05
When it comes to the environment, a lot of people call me a fence sitter but, I try to look at all sides, consider the alternatives and how a topic may affect those involved both now and down the road.

When I saw the headline, America Must Kill This Fish, I was taken aback until I realized it was another article about Asian carp.

To be exact there are several varieties of Asian carp. The jumping variety, as noted here, are actually called Silver Carp.
silver carp

The article does a good job of outlining the horrors of this aquatic menace and, I must admit, with what we know, I support efforts to rid waterways of this menace. However, at the same time, what we don't know bothers me.

40 years ago how much did we know about sharks? Now, we're trying to pull many species back from the brink of extinction. As a matter of fact, although the movie Jaws will still scare the bejeebers out of you, its lack of knowledge is almost quaint.

Killing, the death of anything, is not a pleasant thought. Yet, the threat of Asian carp is real--not just in America but most other countries because this fish has few natural enemies and it is only in their native habitat that these enemies exist. As the arsenal of natural repellants is exhausted, we must ask ourselves,"Is this the solution?"

Remember to take the hooks outta yer pocket before ya sit down!

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