Excerpt from letter (2011)

I would like to express my appreciation for your assistance in our effort to educate the public about the table qualities of silver carp. Your demonstrations at the Mississippi River Basin Panel/National Aquatic Task Force workshops in Little Rock this month were educational and very well received by the attendees. I have seen the plan you developed for processing and marketing Asian carp, as well as other native commercial species, and was very impressed. I think your value-added concept has a lot of potential for incentivizing the commercial fishing industry by increasing the value of these fish.
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Letter dated May 20, 2011

Dear Chef Philippe,

First, I would like to express my appreciation for your assistance in our effort to educate the public about the table qualities of silver carp. Your demonstrations at the Mississippi River Basin Panel/National Aquatic Task Force workshops in Little Rock this month were educational and very well received by the attendees. I also thank you for your enthusiastic participation in a variety of media venues (radio, television, and print) we set up to promote the food use of Asian carp.>

Asian carp have become a serious threat to the ecological balance of our country’s aquatic resources. Currently, the only viable control for managing this growing invasion is commercial harvest. Unfortunately, the value of the Asian carp on the food market is too low to generate a lot of commercial fishing effort.

I have seen the plan you developed for processing and marketing Asian carp, as well as other native commercial species, and was very impressed. I think your value-added concept has a lot of potential for incentivizing the commercial fishing industry by increasing the value of these fish.

Please feel free to use this letter as my wholehearted endorsement for your processing and marketing concept. I fully believe that this would have the positive result of reducing populations of Asian carp in our waters. I will continue to pursue funding opportunities to help your venture and with other potential solutions.

Thanks again for helping us provide a spotlight on the food use of Asian carp. You definitely convinced me that they are delicious!

Sincerely,

Mark Oliver, Chief of Fisheries, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission