Carp catch in Utah could reach 6 million pounds

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Associated Press

Posted on October 8, 2009 at 12:15 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 8 at 12:15 PM

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Commercial fishing crews have begun what's believed to be the nation's biggest carp removal project.

Fishermen are expected to pull about 6 million pounds of the bottom-feeders out of Utah Lake this fall and winter.

The work is aimed at helping an endangered fish called the June sucker that lives nowhere else but the lake and its tributaries.

The effort has been buoyed by $1 million in federal stimulus funds.

Fishing started Sept. 21. Utah June sucker recovery program director Reed Harris says about 160,000 pounds of carp have been removed so far.

Most are being turned into compost or food for a Utah mink farm. State officials are looking at other proposals, including grinding them into fish meal or shipping them for human consumption.

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http://www.junesuckerrecovery.org

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