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July 21st, 2011
10:08 AM ET

Just eat it: Dealing with fish species who threaten the U.S. ecosystem by eating them

Two species of fish, the lion fish and the Asian carp, have invaded U.S. waters and are causing a great deal of environmental damage.

The Asian carp is threatening the ecosystems of rivers and lakes across the nation, while the lion fish is threatening to destroy reefs and decimate native fish populations in the southeast.

In an attempt to address these problems, Food and Water Watch, an organization that promotes safe, accessible and sustainable food, water and fish, has paired up with the James Beard Foundation to increase the culinary demand for the species by devising recipes using the fish.

Today on American Morning, Kerry Heffernan, Executive Chef at South Gate Restaurant in NYC, is cooking on set to show our viewers how to best prepare the fish. He is joined by Wenonah Hauter, the executive director for Food and Water Watch, who will be discussing the prevalence of invasive fish and explaining what the environmental consequences will be if the species continue to spread.

Filed under: Environment • Food
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  1. invasivore

    Eating invasive species, being an invasivore, is a great way to bring attention to the problem invasive species pose, but there are many more edible invaders out there, plants and animals a like!

    July 21, 2011 at 12:50 pm |