By guest editor Billy Joe Redeux
This is a picture of the fish took by the truck driver after they nailed him. One thing I never knew is them live asians swim upside down - but then, they is from the other side of the world
It’s a ill wind that blows no good, and when the Sweetwater Springs Fish Farm of Indiana was fined last week in Sarnia, Ontario, for bringin’ living Bighead and Silver Asian carp into Canada without a permit, we American’s didn’t react the way we shoulda.
Wake up, boys ‘n girls! Those were American Asian carp one of our own peoples was trying to sneak into Canada. Never mind taking his truck. They shoulda zero toleranced his house, kids and the dog and cat too.
Draining our natural resources for the benefit of foreigners! Those Asian carp are ours, and they ought to be protected by the same conservation laws that sets seasons for our other game fishes.
And what did the Canadian government do with the 6000 pounds of carp? They turned around and sold ‘em and kept the profit for themselves. That’s what that is.
So what, if in the province of Ontario possession of live bighead carp has been illegal since ‘05? (after they confiscated the fish load, weren’t they in possession?)
Sure, but hey, don’t you know by now? Governments rules never applies to them. There’s another rule they snuck into the small print. That one lets them do whatever the hell they want.
We oughta’ be ashamed. Trash talking ways to keep carp out of the Great Lakes while at the same time secretly cashin’ in on ‘em. How good do they taste? Ain’t quite sure, but there is them that likes Chineese cookin’ And we hear carp is a delicacy in parts of China. Course over there they got so many peoples to feed, they don't care how many bones it has. If it can move, they eat it and go “yum!”
To paraphrase Ontario Conservation officer Bill Ingham, “Invasive species have to be dead before you can freely bring them into Ontario.”
I’m glad to know that, Bill. But, could you run that by me again? Are you sayin’ invasive species are OK long as they’re dead? You ever hear of fish eggs, Bill?
Back to our American entre-prener: Sweetwater Springs was fined $20,000 after pleading guilty. “It was either that or lose my truck too.” Sweetwater Springs Fish Farm owner Mark Eikenberry griped, while pointing at other American companies that are actively scooping millions of pounds of American Asian carp outta the Illinois River. Where them fish is goin, nobody knows, but I bet a lot of cats and dogs can speak Chinee pretty good these days.
What're we missin' here? People will pay for these things we’re being brainwashed to hate? They taste good deepfried?
Instead of doling out food stamps to everybody who’s figured out they don’t need to work to still eat, why aren’t we handing them fishing poles and a box of doughballs instead? Cut out the middle man, let the end users catch the carp.
Now that I think of it, why should we listen to the six billion dollar industry they call sport fishing? Far as I can see, most of the six bil, goes to LaBatts and Exxon. I say bring them carp on, and let them fisheads study up on how to catch ‘em.