The poisson du jour at your local Illinois prison could soon be Asian carp. State officials are looking at the feasibility of adding the nuisance fish to dinner menus. And if prisoners don’t get enough carp at mealtime, they could find themselves knee deep in fish carcasses. Another possibility being explored is using prisons to process carp.
Lawmakers, conservationists, biologists and anglers are all scrambling to address the rapidly increasing population of Asian carp in the Mississippi and Illinois rivers. Recently a $9.1 million underwater electrical barrier was set up to prevent the fish from moving into the Great Lakes.
Which would you dread more if you were in prison: the showers or endless meals of Asian carp?