Illinois promoting Asian carp in anti-hunger campaign
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Illinois officials
hope they can make progress on two different problems by feeding
Asian carp to hungry families.
The invasive species of fish has been added to the state’s
“Target Hunger Now!” program, which encourages hunters and
fishermen to donate food to the needy. The state plans to promote
Asian carp as a tasty food later this month with a cooking
demonstration in Chicago.
The carp have been spreading across Illinois rivers and streams,
killing off native species. Officials want to create demand so that
commercial fishing will reduce the carp’s numbers.
The state Department of Natural Resources says Target Hunger
Now! could process up to 40,000 pounds of fish a day.