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Sep 15, 2010 02:08 PM

Asian Carp - the next "big thing" in seafood?

let's see how long it takes for "Silverfin" to become trendy...

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  1. I hear it's a good fish for eating. So, let's try to eat it to the point of extinction. It doesn't belong to region anyways.

    I think "silverfin" is a terrible name though. Gaggingly terrible. The suggestion of any sort of metal is unappetizing and "silverfin" reminds me of silverfish which are some of the grossest creatures ever to slither on the Earth. What about calling it Shanghai Bass or Jumping Jumbo Mahi?

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    1. re: tangovoxtrot

      The folks who originally named fish were clearly not marketing whizzes, and those who came up with Silverfin need some remedial courses. How about stealing from a Simpson's episode: Yum-Yum fish! Oh, and the well-accepted Orange Roughy was originally called Slimehead.

    2. The ultimate pesticide ... human beings!

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        Au contraire, from a planetary survival perspective, human beings are the ultimate pest.

        1. re: greygarious

          Oh, so says you.

          Perhaps, from a long-term planetary survival perspective, humans are maybe the ultiamte salve to save the planet -- i.e., we will be so destructive that we will be our own very pesticide, thus ridding this planet of the bane that are human beings.

          1. re: ipsedixit

            The truth of the New Yorker cartoon , which struck me at the time, is ever more obvious:

      2. Great source of organic fertilizer, pet food, livestock feed! Budget skeet shooting?

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        1. re: Kagemusha

          Yeah, that's what I was always taught about carp in general. But I remain open-minded, to the extent that I realy don't tend to like fish from warm fresh water, with the exception of farmed catfish and some of the farmed tilapia.

          1. re: Kagemusha

            We ate carp when I was a kid and I remember it being a meaty and tasty fish. Now that I know how they react to motorboats, I'll have to give the budget skeet shooting some consideration.

            1. re: JungMann

              Yes, and have a bag limit rather than a creel limit. A woman was seriously wounded when a flying carp struck her in the face, ascribed mostly to the speed of the boat. Kevlar life vests?
              I'm surprised the article didn't mention the serious and perhaps imminent peril of the asian carp maneuvering through the upper locks on the Mississippi and into the great lakes. They are all but knocking at the door, and the electric shock devices installed to stop them are only partially effective. "Partially" effective is failure.

          2. I saw an article on the new recently, they wanted to start calling it Kentucky Tuna.

            Hey, I'll bite.

            1. Anyone know New York City or Westchester restaurants serving midwest-US Asian carp?

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              1. re: HamTech87

                Lots of Chinese restaurants use bighead, silver and grass carp. I've also seen a Chinese delivery truck indicating that it sold fish from the midwest, but it was delivering live conventional carp to a Russian market. I have bought silver carp numerous times for my wife's gefulte fish. I would never trust conventional carp...tried it as a kid and hated it.