by Mark Schultz, Northern Public Radio

Eat Asian carp. That’s the message from Illinois and Louisiana as conservation officials try to find a way to stop the invasive fresh water species.

Several varieties of Asian carp are choking Illinois rivers and threatening the Great Lakes. Lieutenant governor Evelyn Sanguinetti hosted a luncheon Monday on the University of Illinois campus, where Asian carp producers, consumers and wildlife officials sampled carp dishes.

The menu included seared Asian carp cakes with a Cajun sauce and potato-wrapped Asian carp with a fire-roasted tomato emulsion.

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