There seems to be a lot of misinformation with the Asian Carp compared to the Common Carp. Making it difficult to market the fish to US consumers. With this invasive species taking place, people are scrambling to find a solution to reduce the Asian Carp population while maintaining a healthy eco-system for the native species.
So is there a solution to get the US population to eat this invasive species? It’s already a delicacy in many Asian and European cultures. So why not in the US? There are some fisherman who are trying to lobby in removing some of the fishing restrictions of these pesky fish along with a small movement attempting to rebrand the name to “Silverfin” to try. Hopefully by rebranding the fish, you will get American consumers interested enough to try the Asian Carp. It’s a strategy that mimics the success of renaming other fish. You know them as Chilean seabass which was originally called the Patagonian toothfish along with orange roughy which was originally called the Slimehead. With new names, both of these fishes have become valuable and overfished. I’m sure if the Asian Carp was renamed, interest would be generated. I myself did not know that the Chilean Seabass and Orange Roughy had different names prior to the rebranding to help it become some of the most popular fish in the world.
I grew up around eating the Asian Carp. I’m not a big fan of it just due to the fact that it has many bones making it a pain in the ass trying to eat. It’s a pretty decent fish to eat otherwise.
I found a pretty good article written by the Detroit Free Press. It’s a 6 part series which can be found here.