An irritating fish found in the Illinois River is now being highlighted for its nutritional possibilities.
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is promoting Asian Carp as a way to feed Illinois Families, create jobs, and manage the threat that these non-native fish pose to the Great Lakes.
Asian Carp has been viewed as nasty fish, but IDNR officials hope to change that perception.
Marc Miller, Director IDNR, says "We want to create a demand for asian carp, we know people will like it once they try it and be able to create a market, be able to create jobs in Illinois."
Miller says the affordable high quality protein fish will help the commercial fish market grow through harvesting, processing, and distribution.