Here’s a fish story I haven’t heard:
SPRINGFIELD -Asian carp clogging Illinois rivers could be used to feed inmates and the starving under a proposal being championed by one state lawmaker.Hell, I didn’t even know there was a carp problem. Maybe one of the 10 Blago/JBT debates can focus on this. It would, of course, be moderated by a reporter from Field and Stream.
State Sen. Mike Jacobs called on his fellow lawmakers last week to earmark $750,000 in state funds to market the voracious, non-native species that can grow up to 100 pounds and crowd out other fish.
"At the end of the day, I think this is going to be a way for us to turn a really terrible problem into a really positive solution," he said.
The money, which could be included in the state's next budget plan, would be used to help companies reduce the population of the nuisance fish. Once harvested, the fish could be transformed into plant fertilizer or used to provide a cheap food source for prisoners and the poor worldwide.
Update: The Inside Dope has much, much more on this. Let's just say there's a whole lot more to the story, none of it good. Also, Mr. Dope has a similar plan for the state's mole population. I'd like to be the first to harvest the one(s) in my yard for fun and profit.