Excerpt from Letter (2016)

Preserving Louisiana’s waterways and abundant fishing resources are of the utmost importance to me and I want to let you know that the Department stands ready to assist you in your efforts in any way possible and we support your ongoing research and solutions for dealing with this invasive species.

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Letter dated February 15, 2016

Dear Chef Philippe,

Thank you for meeting with me recently to discuss your “Can’t Beat ‘Em, Eat ‘Em” solution to dealing with the invasive species of Asian carp in Louisiana’s waters. Your proposals are very comprehensive and I am impressed with the amount of work and research that has gone into this endeavor.

As you know, there are four species of carp (grass, black, bighead, and silver), collectively known as Asian carp, that are invading our nation’s rivers, streams, and reservoirs. Asian carp are an especially large problem in the Mississippi River Basin where populations of bighead, black, grass and silver carps are increasing in distribution and abundance. Asian carp have the potential to cause extensive and irreversible changes to the aquatic environment, negatively impacting the long-term sustainability of native aquatic species, public use of natural resources, and the economic value of aquatic resources.

Preserving Louisiana’s waterways and abundant fishing resources are of the utmost importance to me and I want to let you know that the Department stands ready to assist you in your efforts in any way possible and we support your ongoing research and solutions for dealing with this invasive species.

If I can ever be of assistance to you, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

Charlie Melancon, Secretary, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries