Importance of Natural Resources

How Fishermen Are Fighting to Control the Asian Carp Population — How to Make It


– This is How to Make It and we’re fishing Asian Carp today. Just north of Peoria
on the Illinois River, this fish was introduced to help control weeds and parasites. But today it’s one of
the most invasive species threatening the Great Lakes. Fishermen have spearheaded
efforts to catch them for consumption and today
I’m joining those efforts to see what it takes. So these carp are an
invasive species obviously. – Yup. – How has that changed in the years that you’ve been out here? I mean the government’s sending people out to clean up the rivers. That’s obviously affecting you. – The things have changed, we used to be called from Buffalo and catfish. Now we got these and like I
said they’re tearing our nets up and they’re just a
lot different fishing. There’s more fish but they was big, now they’re getting smaller so, I don’t know what’s going to happen. I think, I think they’ll end
up being like the zebra mussel and I think they’ll deplete themselves. – It’s maybe a good thing for the lakes. We don’t want ’em getting
too far in the lake. – Well that’s what they’re
worried about, you know. They get in like Lake Michigan and places and it’s hard telling
what’ll happen there. – [Katie] Kills off the whole ecosystem. – Yeah, they probably
will, they probably will. What do they think it would’ve been if we didn’t fish it? – What would this place look like? You could walk on ’em. – And you’re out here every day and other people are out here every day. And still, they’re on top of each other. – Don’t look like you’ve done anything. They’ve just got smaller right? – [Katie] So we’re casting
some nets right now. We’re gonna leave them
out for about an hour. Let’s talk about my fishing experience. It’s at zero. A little scared, there’s fish
jumping out of the water. Think it’s only gonna get worse from here. – [Orion] Gonna run the fish
down, it’ll block off the back. That way when they’re down there we hope it gets trapped in there. Then we can work on ’em. Otherwise they’re too fast for you all. They’ll get out and see the net and they’ll go back and
they won’t turn around. – So we just made a big circle. They’re closed in. (banging noises) We’re making noise right now to get the fish really aggravated. I think it’s working. (upbeat music) – How’s that heavy raincoat working out? (laughing) – I’m always unprepared. What a dumb jacket. (laughing) So we’re gonna pull up some nets soon. I haven’t gotten slapped in the face yet. So I just need two of you to
lay across here real quick. Oh geez, it’s happening. – [Orion] She catches
better than you Caleb. – [Katie] How much do you bring in on an average day in the summer? – [Orion] Fish? – [Katie] Yeah. – [Orion] We try to stay at 10, 12,000. That’s pounds. – [Katie] Pounds of fish. – [Orion] That’s right
now when it’s tough. – Oh shit. (laughing) I kinda like it. – [Orion] She does not
want to quit, I can tell. – You can’t quit a job in the middle. This is a good one. We’re there! Oh my God. – [Orion] There it is. (laughing) – This was awesome. I turned into a different
person for a minute. (guitar music) This is where the fish gets broken down and eventually sold to markets. – [Klark] After they’re weighed, they go into ice water and rinsed. You can’t let them get too warm because as I say they’re soft-bellied. – Wow. – And we will fillet these
and cut these into steaks. And these do go for more
consumption than anything else. Whereas your silver carp can
get grinded up into pet food. – [Katie] Oh wow. – There’s actually a
place in Colorado that’s that Blue Mountain pet food, and these get grinded up and go in there. – That’s like one of the
top dog food companies. What’s most in demand? – It depends on the timeframe. It’s a seasonal thing. So like a lot of times
you’ll have like grass carp will be in demand when
we start the fall out because of the human consumption whereas the yellow carp is always in demand. That’s always in demand overseas. So we send a lot of that overseas. – Wow. – In containers. As we put the fish on the line, we go through ’em each individually. And what they’re doing
is they’re rinsing them, running them under cold water. Even though we’ve had ’em,
we still cool them again. And then they weigh ’em, and then we put ice in the
box so they stay fresh. And then we box them up
and put them on the truck. – So this is the fish that we brought in. – Yes, these are silvers. And what they’re doing is
they’re filleting them right now. – So they’re getting band-sawed in half to get it easier to fillet, clean. You fillet ’em, you sell them whole. – Well sell them round. A lot of people do like the round fish. They like the eggs inside the fish. – I’m sneaking in here. – [Klark] This is a silver carp. – [Katie] Got it. – [Klark] Okay, and he’s gonna show you his process and how he does it. – Yeah, so everyone talks
about how bony these fish are. Are they harder to fillet? Or is it same deal? – [Man] Same. – It’s just bony to eat? – [Man] Yeah. – Yeah, so you don’t really, you can’t really tell right
now it’s when you’re eating it. That it’s hard to get
all the pin bones out. You’re gonna be eating some. I’m gonna try to break this down like any round fish that I’ve handled. Although, I’ve never broken down a carp. So. (upbeat music) So I’ve filleted a carp. I mean you feel all those bones in there. You can’t see ’em, I’ve
said that a thousand times. But it’s certainly more
bony-er, more bony, than any other round fish I’ve filleted. So why, why do you personally
not want to eat it? – We don’t like to work
as hard to eat our food. – Americans don’t want to work that hard. – So they don’t want to take the time to actually fish around the bones. – Do you think this’ll
eventually catch on and we will be eating carp in this country,
just like any other fish? – Yeah I think a lot of it’s market-driven to where we’re at in the market. Because when you smoke a
carp, like a yellow carp. It actually tastes like ham. – [Katie] Thank you so much for taking me through your facility. – [Klark] No problem. – Today was a really
rewarding and satisfying day for me ’cause I often, I’m
only on the receiving end of a nice, clean box of iced fish. I never get to see how
it gets to that stage. So this is a crazy operation
you have going here. And I learned a tremendous amount and I hope everybody did. Eat carp, maybe? Thanks for watching this
episode of How to Make It. For more episodes, click here. – [Woman] All right, so
this is your Ohio skillet. And you’re up. Beautiful. (clapping) – My entire body is like, tense.


Reader Comments

  1. I feed my dogs all meat diets with a lace of rice or sweet potato. I would love to have a place to catch these. Mincing these into burger would be the best for dog and cat food

  2. Why is the title about “Flying fish” when the entire video is nothing but about Carp? Can you say Click Bait?

  3. Why is the title about “Flying fish” when the entire video is nothing but about Carp? Can you say Click Bait?

  4. Please let in the Asian tourist.We will help you American eat them into an endangered species within months. XP""" Create tons of new local job and start making big money.

  5. Carps meats can be blended in rice wine and ice cube to makes lovely eating fish paste,adds salt and pepper,chopped carrots,capsicum and form it into balls shapes,pancake shapes,hot dog shapes or whatever and deep fry them like chips,really delicious,you can flavours them Thai styles with Tom yum paste and turmeric or Indian curry flavours and they’re fantastic,scraps the fish meats with a spoon.

  6. is it possible to raise pike or other carnivore fish from birth of the carp so when released in the lake they are conditioned to predate just the carp?

  7. Just needs some Carp Cooking Demos along the rivers and lakes to get people taught how to fry, steam, bake, grill the things?

  8. as the fish jup after the boat has passed is it not possible to tow a big net along on wide rollers to harvest the fish in mid air?
    Or as some fish jump ahead of boats what is needed is a big wide scoop net projecting forward of the boats to catch the fish in mid air?
    Add some sort of slapper to disturb the fish and make them jump really high?

  9. I wouldn't eat carp even if it tasted good (it doesn't), and I definitely wouldn't feed it to pets. Carp contains thiaminase, an enzyme that blocks your body from absorbing thiamin. Eating (or feeding) it regularly will cause a dangerous vitamin B1 deficiency. Rather than eating them they should sell them to make fertilizer.

  10. 5-10 years from now, the title of the story might change to Asian carp the protein to solving whole hunger.

  11. 4/4 Paws 🐾🐾 for the good dogge. I buy Blue Mountain Dog Food and my dogs are nice and healthy.

  12. In fact ,the only one way to solve the problem is that, inventing a machine to pick out all the bones of those fishes.

  13. Imagine this fish have family and the dad is just out to get and he doesn’t come back and his sons like why my dad why not one of my thousands of uncles. Lmfao

  14. Yeah, load them loose on the boat then have to unload them one by one again. Ridiculous. Put the damn bin in the boat and lift it out with that miracle device known as a forklift or backhoe. Get your ass home 2 hours earlier, better quality fish

  15. If you want to control the population of Asian Carb Fish, give visa to to Asian people to live around to lake. Chinese, Vietnamese Cambodian will clean the lake within years.

  16. I'm surprised that some fast-food chain hasn't started using this fish for a sandwich or fish and chips,carp to me tastes like a cross between catfish and tilapia.

  17. Jesus Christ! Orion Briney, toothless and homeless looking, is an authority on Asian Carp! We're doomed!

  18. there is one obvious thing to do with these fish, I mean the native Americans told us to do this with the fish from the time of the pilgrims, that is to use them as ORGANIC fertilizer, the main thing to change is that today we would liquefy them, all you would need to do is put them in an industrial blender, scales heads bones and all and then add some water then just mix them until they are nothing but a slurry, then pump it in to a tank and pump it on to a field, it would provide the necessary nutrients for good, big, healthy plants.

  19. i know why these invasive species usually jumps around the passing boats..they saying f…you we here to stay

  20. That's what happens when you want open borders. Illegal fish will cross the line.
    Build that wall!
    Build that wall!!

  21. The Chinese brought carp into the good water of America. They know that Americans would hate carp and therefore would be willing to let the Chinese harvest the invasive Asian carp.
    The Chinese are laughing in the sideline.

  22. Those silver carps are a staple in Bangladesh for middle class peoples..And they are using it for Dog food!??

  23. Need to start a Black Soldier Fly facility with all that available food. That larvae are great food for fish, chickens, etc. Dont need anchovies from Peru to grind up for animal feed for one example.

  24. NOTE FOR THE FBI! THIS FISH CAME FROM RUSSIA'S FAR EAST. IT IS CALLED SILVER CARP (Hypophthalmichthys – LAT.) (ТОЛСТОЛОБИК – RUSSIAN). IT HAD ITS FIRST PLACE OF ORIGIN IN RIVER CALLED AMUR. THAT IS A HUGE WATER LINE THAT GOES BETWEEN RUSSIA AND CHINA TILL OKHOTSKOE SEA. THIS SPECIE WAS FIRST MOVED BY RUSSIANS TO CENTRAL ASIA IN 60S WHEN THEY BUILT SEVERAL WATER CHANNELS THAT WERE MADE TO USE WATER OF AMUDARYA IN TURKMENISTAN AND UZBEKISTAN. THIS FISH IS EXTREMELY VORACIOUS FOR WEEDS WHAT WAS A MAJOR PROBLEM IN THE CHANNELS THAT GOT JAMMED BY WEEDS. LATER IT MOVED TO RUSSIAN RIVERS DON AND VOLGA THEN FURTHER. THIS INVASIVE SPECIE MAY HAVE BEEN PLANTED INTO AMERICA'S RIVERS WITH TERROR, SABOTAGE OR CRIMINAL INTENT. IT IS VERY EASILY CAUGHT INDUSTRIALLY BY FLOATING SURFACE NETS THAT AREN'T DEEPER THAN THREE FEET FROM THE SURFACE OF WATER. IT IS SMART TO CATCH ONLY BIG FISHES AS THEY MAY EAT SMALL FISH OF OTHER KINDS. SMALL SILVER CARP FEEDS ONLY ON WEEDS WHICH MAY BE RATHER POSITIVELY THAN NEGATIVELY CONSIDERED QUALITY. ITS MEAT ISN'T TASTY AT ALL AND WAS USED IN RUSSIA'S CANNED PRODUCTS IN 80S WIDELY AT CHEAPEST PRICE INTERVAL. WHERE AMERICA'S RIVERS ARE CLOGGED UP BY WEEDS THE SILVER CARP MAY BE A SOLUTION TO CLEAN IT OUT AS IT PERFECTLY WORKS OUT IN CENTRAL ASIA. IN FACT, SUCH TERRIBLE POPULATION OF THE SILVER CARP INDICATES THAT WATER HAS BEEN SERIOUSLY POLLUTED BY WEEDS THAT ARE DANGEROUS FOR ANY WATER ANIMALS AND FISH. AREN'T BLUE-GREEN SPHERICAL WEEDS, THAT ARE WELL SEEN ON SURFACE OF THE WATER IN THIS VIDEO, AN INVASIVE STRAIN?

  25. NOTE FOR THE FBI#2! MALE AND FEMALE SPEAKERS IN THE EPISODE TIME REF 5-50 BOTH HAVE VERY WRONG PRONUNCIATION PATTERN WHICH INDICATES THEM AS NOT NATIVE SPEAKERS. THEIR LIPS AREN'T READABLE BY U.S. NATIVE HANDICAPPED. I INSIST THAT FBI ILLINOIS FIELD OFFICE IMMEDIATELY CONDUCTS NECESSARY CHECK-UPS AS IT SEEMS THAT ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS FROM RUSSIA OR SOVIET UNION FIRST PLANTED DANGEROUS WEEDS IN GREAT LAKE BASIN RIVERS, THAN SET THERE SILVER CARP, WHITE AMUR (Ctenopharyngodon idella)      THAT IS ANOTHER FISH THAT IS SEEN IN THE FISHING BOAT WHICH IS ALSO AN INVASIVE SPECIE IN THE USA. NOW THEY HAVE A MASSIVE PRODUCTION OF FRESH WATER FISH PRODUCTS. THIS WAY OF INVASION IS VERY COMMON FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS.

  26. Do you want another markets for carp? Catch the fish then process them to be fertilizer for organic agriculture or process them to be organic fish food for aquaculture 🤔what do 🤔 think ?

  27. They are not Asian carp. This carp are Native to all hot climate fish. It just global warming got them travail north. They came from South America carp… Just some of use Stupid American call them Asian Carp, like a dump ass. 😂😂😂😂🤣🤣🤣🤣. Just blame it on Asian, when is our American global warming issue. That the real issue of this problem.

  28. it yummy healthy fish meat & protein foods. i love it smokey grilled, the best!!
    why they don't eat thought? IM SHOCK lolz 😂

  29. 這個在台灣一定一堆在旁邊開活魚三吃的餐廳阿!!

    台灣日月潭 還有龍潭水庫 都有同樣的問題 我們就是用發展美食觀光解決的

    吃到快滅絕了一餐很貴的 還有人專門養殖

  30. had to change the 666 comments to 667…. GYRADOS ARE YOU IN THERE!???????????

    OH MAGIKARP

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6n7oIdM0gTtXLKqc0cRsQA

  31. never gonna feel good about watching so many fish just laying there suffering a slow death. imo you should cut their heads off as you pull them out.

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