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Should we eat Asian carp or kill them?

Chef Tim Creehan right chef Philippe Parolprepare food Christ King Jesuit College Preparatory High School Thursday Sept. 22 2011 Chicago.

Chef Tim Creehan, right, and chef Philippe Parola prepare food at Christ the King Jesuit College Preparatory High School on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, in Chicago. Launch of a campaign by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to try and change the fish's image and teach people how to cook the ultra-bony meat. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

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Updated: August 12, 2012 6:40AM

It’s delicious irony.

That is, if it’s irony that the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Shedd Aquarium, Feeding Illinois and Illinois American Water are teaming up to teach people to like eating Asian carp at the Taste of Chicago at the same time a massive monitoring effort to find and eradicate Asian carp is under way. That effort, which includes half-mile-long seine nets and electroshocking boats, runs through Friday around Lake Calumet.

People can find out for themselves whether prepared Asian carp is delicious with a free sample at the Taste of Chicago booth near the entrance on Congress. The free samples will be offered beginning at noon Wednesday.

The Lake Calumet monitoring effort, meanwhile, is a response to three consecutive positive eDNA finds in one area.

It is a four-day effort of the multiagency Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee’s Monitoring and Rapid Response Work Group.

Dale Bowman

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