Texas has zebra mussels and other aquatic invasives, but at least we don’t have Asian carp–yet.
Asian carp are so problematic in some northern states that what some characterize as “extreme measures” are in action or pending approval.
A bill in the Illinois legislature, HB5317, would legalize hunting carp with shotguns from boats.
Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Fish and Aquatic Life Code. Provides that the Department of Natural Resources shall establish an Asian carp pilot program to permit licensed individuals to shoot Asian carp with a shotgun off of a motorboat in the Illinois River beginning with the 2013 licensing year. Provides that the individuals must have the appropriate license and use a specific type of ammunition. Provides that the Department may adopt administrative rules to establish and administer the pilot program.
Pending approval of the measure, a group of fun-seekers, the Peoria Carp Hunters, has taken to battling the leaping fish with tennis racquets, baseball bats, and swords while water skiing and tubing.