Using Asian carp as a resource

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

The Asian carp problem in the central United States’ rivers is a well-known issue. In the Illinois River, the Asian carp have settled in and made themselves comfortable.

John Hamann, rural economic development director, said there is about 9.75 tons of Asian carp in one mile of the river after studies from Southern Illinois University were conducted.

To bring awareness to the issue and show how the carp can be used as a resource, the first Flying Fish Bowfishing Tournament in the Peoria area will be held along the Illinois river from 5 a.m.-1 p.m. July 12.

“It’s an awareness for the people in this area. It’s an awareness of the abundance of the fish. That species here is an invasive species,” executive director of the East Peoria Chamber of Commerce, Rick Swan said.