Silver carp are one of four Asian carp species that were introduced to American waterways by federal researchers working in Arkansas in the 1960s and ‘70s.
In the era of anti-chemical outrage following “Silent Spring,” scientists sprang on Asian carp as a healthy alternative to pesticides and herbicides.
Like all successful invasive species, Asian carp easily outcompete their neighbors for food and space.
Most of his customers had never tasted Asian carp before and were more than hesitant to do so.
In China, “Carp is carp,” Yu laughed; she has found it very difficult to convince Chinese buyers that the costlier fish she offers is a higher-end product than the carp they’re used to.