BURNS, Ore. (AP) — Malheur National Wildlife Refuge managers say they’re hoping a commercial fishing endeavor will curb a carp invasion at the migratory bird sanctuary south of Burns.
The Oregonian reports the common carp have created an out-of-balance ecosystem that no longer supports the plant and insect life birds rely upon for food and habitat.
The refuge has partnered with the Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation and the owner of Pacific Foods, a Tualatin company best known for boxed soup and soymilk, to begin a massive carp commercial fishing operation.
By spring 2016, the team hopes to begin removing thousands of fish from the water each day.
The meat, which most Americans won’t eat, will be used to fertilize crops.