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Monday, June 2, 2014 02:33 pm

"You can't not catch 'em"

 A faithful reader alerted me to a fun piece in The Scientist, which describes itself as the magazine for life science professionals. As everyone knows by now, various species of Asian carp have come to infest the state's waterways, in particular the Illinois River. People have talked about poisons or electric shock to rid the Illinois of these pests. The Scientist's Kerry Grens talked with Chris Carter, who owns and runs Carter's Fish Market at 1900 South Grand Ave East in Springfield. Carter has a different weapon -- a deep-fryer. 

The reasoning is simple: If you want to rid the planet of anything, make it good to eat for humans. The article, and an accompanying video show how Carter nets, fillets, and prepares carp for the table. 

Carter takes only the boneless flesh to fry. The problem is, that leaves 90 percent of the fish unfryable. Oh well. They didn't get soybean processing right the first time either.




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