Speaking of carp - the annual Carp Derby is being held in Baldwinsville, NY right now - it started yesterday on the Seneca River. My fiancee lives on the river and there backyard was site #2 for the derby. Met the 2 man team from South Carolina yesterday. Even though there was not a fly between them they were what you'd expect - really nice guys! It was there 6th year at this event. I wish tight lines to all the participants!
Many years ago, I guided President Obama's Chief advisor on the Asian Carp ordeal, he stated to me that our number one tool to getting rid of them was to create a demand for eating them, nothing was more destructive to a fish population than over-fishing, right?
The only issue was a need to re-brand them, such as they did for Chilean Sea Bass, but unlike Sea Bass "toothfish", Carp had a LOT of stigma behind them and widespread knowledge so it would be much harder to do.
I sure hope these fish never get a hold in the Great Lakes.
There is a huge market for them in some places, literally underground black market type stuff, especially in Ontario.
I am assuming this is still true, but at one time we had entire groups of Feds undercover working on fighting these "Carp crime rings" if you will for fear of them being spread by illegal transportation of these fish to places where there was demand.
The concern of the powers that be is, when they are being smuggled to places like Ontario, these fish can stay alive for many days in say the trunk of a car with no water, so if someone was to ever get scared of being caught, etc... and dump them into the Great Lakes enroute to Ontario, would obviously be very bad.
My info is old, obviously Obama has not been in office for quite some time and that would have been when I was told these things, but I would guess it all still holds true.