Excerpt from Letter (2011)

Your attempt to establish a new business and subsequent employment opportunities by developing a commercial fishery for Asian carp is the next step in Louisiana’s fight against these destructive fish. I applaud your innovation and your willingness to address a problem that impacts thousands of residents across Louisiana whose recreational fishing opportunities are impacted by the Asian carp invasion. Innovation is the key to re-establishing a healthy economic picture. I truly believe your project will help do that in communities throughout the Mississippi River Valley.
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Letter dated July 19, 2011

Dear Chef Philippe,

We often reference the necessity to think “outside the box” on issues of natural resource management. As new challenges present themselves to those of us tasked with designing and implementing management tools, we may be left with a very similar set of solutions, often boxed in by the limitations of government.

A clear example of this dilemma is our issue of the invasion of Asian silver and bighead carps. While we are fighting back these fish as they continue to invade the waterbodies across Louisiana, there are limitations to our efforts. Your attempt to establish a new business and subsequent employment opportunities by developing a commercial fishery for Asian carp is the next step in Louisiana’s fight against these destructive fish.

I applaud your innovation and your willingness to address a problem that impacts thousands of residents across Louisiana whose recreational fishing opportunities are impacted by the Asian carp invasion. Your inclusion of a component that may help provide work and earning potential for Louisiana residents is also to be commended. Throughout these trying economic times, innovation is the key to re-establishing a healthy economic picture. I truly believe your project will help do that in communities throughout the Mississippi River Valley.

If you have any further questions regarding my support and that of the Department, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

Robert J. Barham, Secretary, Dept of Wildlife and Fisheries, LA