Biologists hope fishing will end carp invasion

The common carp have created an out-of-balance ecosystem

Asian carp
FILE - In this June 13, 2012 file photo, Asian carp, jolted by an electric current from a research boat, jump from the Illinois River near Havana, Ill. A years-long effort to find a strategy to keep the invasive Asian carp out of the Great Lakes appears to be coming up empty. An advisory panel considering options is scheduled to go out of business Thursday, still deadlocked. (AP Photo/John Flesher, File)

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.

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