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Is This Hunting Or Fishing?

Friday, June 22, 2007. 3:15 pm. Posted by Josh.

If you have a high-speed connection, check out this video. For those who don't have a high-speed connection, the video is for a hunting expedition company that takes boat trips to bow hunt fish. The fish they are hunting are literally jumping out of the water behind the boat. It's kind of a silly video, but the story of these fish is more serious than it seems.

It appears that they are Asian Carp, an invasive species. Originally, they were brought here to help clean the ponds of catfish farmers in Louisiana. But the flooding in the early 90's released a bunch of them into the Mississippi. Now they are making their way upstream, and are almost all the way to the great lakes. They crowd out other fish in the areas that they reside thus making it difficult for those fish to survive. If the Asian Carp hit the Great Lakes, major ecological changes could occur.

Has anyone else noticed that we have a knack for importing animals or bugs for a specific purpose and then they get out of control and destroy lots of good things? It seems like we'd learn from these mistakes.

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