Silverfin Craze Spec Sheet:   ASIAN CARP


Silverfin Craze, LLC

    Silverfin Craze, LLC is a company focused on the conservation of the United States inshore fisheries and environment while providing a wild caught domestic fish resource to millions of consumers worldwide.

Asian Carp

    Asian carp are non native fish species that were imported in the early 70's. Since then, they have escaped into our major rivers and now are sustainably harvested for Human consumption.Our Southern States provide a very unique environment all year around for our fresh water fisheries. With the abundance of nutrients in our vast waterways, Asian Carp from the Gulf Coast area are  simply better, bigger and healthier than those found in any other part of the United States. In addition, the natural temperate climate allows commercial fisheries to operate all year.Chef Philippe Parola describes the taste of Asian carp, both Silver and Bighead, as as cross between crabmeat and scallops!

Nutritional Value of Asian Carp

    Chef Philippe Parola recently spent some time with Nutrition Consultant, Roy Brabham, M.D.. Here is what Dr. Brabham had to say about Asian carp as a food source:  

    "I consider Asian Carp to be an excellent food source for a number of reasons.  Like all fish, it delivers a lot of protein and healthy fats.  Unlike ocean fish, sustainability is not an issue with Asian Carp.  It is plentiful in central American waterways.  It feeds on plankton, which is at the bottom of the food chain.  This means that progressive food chain concentration of harmful chemicals, such as dioxin and PCB's, and heavy metals, such as mercury, does not occur in Asian Carp like it does in carnivorous/omnivorous fish.  Some would argue that farm raised fish like catfish and tilapia avoid the food chain accumulation of toxic substances but this is not necessarily the case, as such farmed fish are typically fed fish-meal derived from fish that are subject to these kinds of contamination.      

    Many farmed fish are also given grain-based feeds.  This reduces the levels of omega-3 fats and increases the amounts of omega-6 fats in their flesh.  Since a proper balance of omega-3's to omega-6's is required for proper regulation of inflammation processes and thus good health, the imbalances in grain-fed farmed fish are counterproductive, particularly since most people already have too little omega-3 and too much omega-6 intake.    

    Another problem with farmed fish lies in the fact that large numbers of these fish are crammed into ponds or pens.  This is similar to the concentrated animal-feeding operations such as those used for chickens.  These conditions promote growth of pathogens like bacteria, yeasts, and parasites, and significant amounts of antibiotics and pesticides are needed to avoid infection issues.  Antibiotics accumulate in the fish flesh and are passed on to consumers of the fish.  This can result in issues such as emergence of antibiotic-resistant organisms and disruption of normal bacterial balance in the digestive tracts of consumers.  The crowded conditions can also create problems with accumulation of excrement and even dead fish material.  This is reduced by filtering and recirculating the water (assuming these are done), but some contamination from these sources will remain."

Hypophthalmichthys molitrix

Serving Suggestion:
Cajun Blackened Asian Carp

Asian Carp Availability

    Year round availability sustainable up to 30 million pounds per year from Southern U.S. Gulf Coast States

Asian Carp Source

    WILD-CAUGHT in U.S. fresh water lakes and rivers. Average size is 15-25 lbs (the bigger, the better for meat quality)

Asian Carp Processing

    Whole fish will be blast frozen with head on, skin on, and bone in, IQF without preservatives

Shipping Asian Carp

    Blast frozen whole fish will be shipped in frozen containers

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