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August 27, 2014

Invasive carp: If you can't beat ‘em, then eat ‘em

  • American Heartland Fish Products is the latest to try carp-rendering, turning the invasive species into food — for humans or more likely livestock.
  • By JIM SUHR
    Associated Press

    GRAFTON, Ill. — When they arrive at the processing plant, the fish that have been cursed as a menace to American lakes and rivers are raked onto a conveyer belt, some of them still flopping.

    Brought by the boatload to this facility north of St. Louis, the Asian carp quickly meet a gruesome fate: They are ground to a bloody pulp in a maze of machines that churn their bony bodies into dehydrated meal and fish oil.


     
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