We're teaming up to get 1,000 people to try Asian Carp for the first time!
The Asian Carp Challenge is a partnership between MWRD Commissioner Josina Morita, Sorce Freshwater, Midwest Fish Co-Op, and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) to get 1,000 people to try Asian Carp for the first time. With elected officials, community organizations, and local restaurants, we are giving out thousands of free Asian Carp burgers, tacos and pakoras across Illinois, starting Saturday October 17th. This is a fun, educational way to educate the public on Asian Carp, and how eating them is one many things we can do to protect Lake Michigan and the Great Lakes from invasive species.
Sorce Freshwater is a third generation family-owned business in Peoria, IL They work with the Midwest Fish Co-Op (www.midwestfishcoop.com) to harvest and process Asian Carp with zero-waste, using other parts of the fish for bait and fertilizer. They have been providing fish to local food banks to . You can purchase Asian Carp directly from Sorce Freshwater (sorcefreshwater.com) and learn more about their fundraiser to support their work to protect our environment and serve local communities.
Asian Carp is an invasive species that threatens Chicago’s water ecosystem and regional fishing industry. They can grow up to 100 pounds and eat up to a third of their body weight in a day. They were imported to the south in the 1970s and have been making their way up the Mississippi and Illinois rivers. There are parts of the Illinois River where Asian Carp make up 90 percent of the biomass in the river. If they make it into Lake Michigan, they can destroy the entire ecosystem and Illinois' $7 billion per year fishing industry and $16 billion per year recreational boating industry.
1. It's fun!
2. It's free!
3. It's delicious!
4. It's helping save The Great Lakes!
Sign up for an event at bit.ly/AsianCarpChallenge