Here's some stray thoughts from Don Dubin on the fish kill and Asian carp.
Dubin and I sometimes go around on ideas, not always seeing things the same way. But I respect what the Lincolnwood man thinks. He has done enough from salmon to muskies to the Chicago lakefront to be an easy choice for induction into the Illinois Outdoor Hall of Fame in 2008.
Here's his thoughts on Asian carp:
Every time I watch television, listen to the radio, or read the newspapers, I am informed about the Asian carp entering and destroying our fishery. With all the efforts that are being done to control them, I feel that these carp may already be in Lake Michigan. With all the negative publicity about the doom and gloom that these fish will bring to the Great Lakes, I have not seen any positive ideas on how these fish can be controlled..
My feeling is that there might be some good to this bad situation. To start, these fish are filter feeders on plankton, and there may not be enough forage to support a large population of these fish to allow them to grow to a large.size. Also, the Great Lakes may not be suitable for them to reproduce.
If they do invade the Great Lakes,we have to be creative and find ways to control them. Perhaps our hatchery system could be expanded to plant large numbers of predator fish such as walleyes, bass, northerns, and muskies that could eat these carp. The Asian carp as a forage base could be the start of a great new fishery. To help protect our trout and salmon when they are planted, they could be caged and released at a larger size in deeper water. Also, Asian carp are good to eat and may support a commercial fishery. In today's economy, this would create jobs and a fishery that the fisherman would support.
Today, as the environment changes, so will our fishery. It will be our challange to find ways to manage it as a great fishery.