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Can I eat Asian carp?

Asian carp of all types have white, firm, mild flesh, which is excellent table fare, but all Asian carp also have intramuscular bones in the filets that many people find undesirable. Asian carp feed low on the food web, are fast growing, are low in fat in the filets, and are not usually bottom feeders — all properties of fish that are lower in contaminants. Like any fish taken from inland waters, however, be aware of restrictions on consuming fish from any particular waterway. For instructions on how to deal with the bones in Asian carp filets and preparing Flying Carp Wings, see Flying Fish, Great Dish part 1 and part 2.

Learn more: USGS Invasive Species Program - Asian Carp

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