Utah Carps About 6M Bottom-Feeders

State looks for ways to dump unwanted fish
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Aug 26, 2008 7:41 PM CDT
Buy me? Carp were first put into Utah Lake in the late 1800s as a food source to replace dwindling native fish.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Bottom-feeders get no respect. Utah is trying to get rid of 6 million carp—as fish sticks, compost, fish meal, whatever, the AP reports. The reason? Biologists want to save the endangered June sucker fish in Utah Lake, and to do so, they must remove the carp first.

It may not be easy. Described by one restaurant manager as "an acquired taste," carp has a decent rep as a sandwich staple, though officials warned against eating those pulled from Utah Lake because of carcinogens in 2006.