We are actively endorsing the sustainable harvesting of fish in the bounty of our American waters.
Background for the Carp overpopulation concerns and the remedy. The Illinois, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Iowa rivers have a population of carp, sometimes known as the Asian carp, which is in excess of sustainable level for the health of the rivers. Other fish are being crowed out. It is effecting the gaming industry. Fishermen are in the danger of discontinuing their fishing operations. Additionally, they are not able to find a way to make money on the carp. Also, there is a threat of unbalancing the eco-system with the overpopulation of one kind of fish.
There have been some problems with the carp. All of the problems have solutions, as long as they are worked on.
One of the problems of the carp is bones. It has a lot of bones. It has big bones and little bones. So the Germans came up with a machine which grinds the carp into mincemeat and also removes the bones at the same time. It looks like hamburger meat. The workers put the carp on one end and the mincemeat comes out of at the other end. The bones and skin are collected for fertilizer. All is used or recycled.
The character of the little bones is that they dissolve when the fish is cooked. It is the larger bones that need to be removed.
The second problem, and this is somewhat serious although it sounds light and funny, is of the carp literally flying and hitting boaters on their heads! The boaters are required to wear helmets in certain areas of the river! The reason for this is the overpopulation. The solution is the removal and reduction of overpopulation.
The third problem is that the one kind of fish, the silver carp is dominating the waterways to the point that it is even crowding out the big-head carp. Many big-heads are found starving because the silver is eating up the vegetation and phyto-plankton. The threat of a danger to the eco-balance is very real. The solution is the removal and reduction of overpopulation.
We are looking to place the fish in as much of a consumption market as possible. Among others, we will do this through sales to the Asian world as well as through US AID for distribution to Lesser Developed Countries.
In the United States the carp does have a bad reputation, unfortunately. It is considered cheap fish, it is a little too strong for the average American taste, it does not blend well with sauces.
However, for these very same reasons, it is a delicacy to the Asian taste which wants a heavier fish for its spices. Light fish does not work well with spices. China, particularly, has a high demand for this very same carp. 30% of ALL the sea food eaten in China is the carp. Carp heads are a big delicacy in China.
The little bones are sought after in dishes from India, specially ‘pakoras’ which are a fritter- like dish, much like cutlets deep fried, or deep fried fillets. In this ‘pakora’ dish, the little bones actually keep the fish meat together, add flavor and let the batter adhere to the fish.
In the United States there is one aspect of the carp that is appealing:
There is significant R&D done on scoring the fish for carp chunks. You can get 4 chucks per carp fish. This scoring adds to the flavor. A very popular restaurant famous for its fish is Joe Tess’ Place in Omaha, Nebraska. Its been open since 1930. Selling about 3,000 pounds of carp per week!! It is deep fried fish served in chunks.
The carp can be smoked, fried, powered, pickled, ground into boneless fish meat,
Each of these can be served with different spices, in different recipes as desired.
Incidentally, the skin of the carp has the highest level of collagen. Active and in-depth R&D in Poland has proved this. They have made anti-aging skin cream.
In Poland in their R&D, the carp it is known as the Balkan carp.
The gelatin derived from the skin is used in the pharmaceutical trade industry for gel-caps. These are the highest quality, most sought after, and most expensive gel-caps.
Through The Moline Commercial Club we endorse all efforts to commercialize this fish, thereby achieving the dual advantages of reducing the overpopulation as well as reducing world hunger.
Projecting in the near future, we believe our river fish have the potential to alleviate some of the food problems foreseen by the World Bank.
Robert Zoellick, World Bank president, said that the rise in food prices had already pushed an additional 44 million people into extreme poverty, which is closely associated with hunger.
The rate of the increase suggests the number of undernourished people which the UN said last year was 925 m, will now hit 1bn by the end of this year as the effect of spiraling prices filters through.
Keeping the above in mind, as well as our current overpopulation in our rivers, we request all viewers to actively support efforts to sustainably harvest the fish in the bounty of our American waters for human consumption