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(Yahoo)   After hours of research, chefs across the United States have agreed to a solution to the "Frankenfish" invasion. What's that you say? It is to eat them   (news.yahoo.com) divider line 100
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2012-11-27 12:44:48 PM
WOLVERINES!!!!! 

NOM NOM NOM NOM NOM
 
(That actually would have made a better sequel, having a rogue band of American rebels run out of Twinkies and actually eat the invading Korean army.)
 
2012-11-27 01:11:42 PM
I highly recommend Jackson Lander's book about snakeheads and other invasive species. Very entertaining, but his account of his attempt to hunt feral pigs on the Virginia barrier islands, which were completely frustrated by the local fish and wildlife service and the USDA, were enough to make me wanna throw my Kindle out the window.

Eating Aliens: One Man's Adventures Hunting Invasive Animal Species (pops)
 
2012-11-27 01:15:59 PM
If they really want to make a dent, they need to rename them. Even using Channa argus is an upgrade over Snakehead.

Asian whitefish ought to do nicely.
 
2012-11-27 01:56:44 PM
Wrong answer. That's treating them like a game fish.

The correct answer is to put a bounty on their heads, one lucrative enough that it's economically attractive to kill them, with no limit on what a person can earn. *THEN* you will get rid of them.
 
2012-11-27 01:57:36 PM
Dammit people.

Frankenfish are GMO fish that have been modified to glow in the dark so it's easier for fisherman to illegally spear fish for them at night.

Invasive species are tasty tasty treats that Americans need to buck up and get used too.
 
2012-11-27 01:58:05 PM

unyon: If they really want to make a dent, they need to rename them. Even using Channa argus is an upgrade over Snakehead.

Asian whitefish ought to do nicely.


Bingo. Chilean Sea Bass > Patagonian Toothfish.

/it's all about the marketing
 
2012-11-27 01:58:10 PM
I've had snakehead. It's actually pretty good. What they should do is point the snakeheads at all the Asian carp, thus resulting in no Asian carp and lots and lots of nice fat snakeheads to nom.
 
2012-11-27 01:58:47 PM
TFA: "Probably if it was called any other name than snakehead, people would be more willing to give them a try,"

"Chilean Sea Bass" suggests this is a trivially solvable problem.
 
2012-11-27 02:01:51 PM
How do you solve the Frankenfish problem?
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With an angry mob, torches and pitchforks, of course.
 
2012-11-27 02:03:35 PM

meat0918: Dammit people.

Frankenfish are GMO fish that have been modified to glow in the dark so it's easier for fisherman to illegally spear fish for them at night.

Invasive species are tasty tasty treats that Americans need to buck up and get used too.


Spicy Asian stir fry can be the solution to all this.
 
2012-11-27 02:04:10 PM

unyon: If they really want to make a dent, they need to rename them. Even using Channa argus is an upgrade over Snakehead.

Asian whitefish ought to do nicely.


why not just Whitesnake Fish?
 
2012-11-27 02:04:31 PM

Crockett: unyon: If they really want to make a dent, they need to rename them. Even using Channa argus is an upgrade over Snakehead.

Asian whitefish ought to do nicely.

Bingo. Chilean Sea Bass > Patagonian Toothfish.

/it's all about the marketing


and chilean sea bass is so good, too. i'd eat it by any other name. will try happily try snakehead, whatever it's name may be in the future.

/ next, they should rename nutria rats as river pig or something
 
2012-11-27 02:05:10 PM

dittybopper: Wrong answer. That's treating them like a game fish.

The correct answer is to put a bounty on their heads, one lucrative enough that it's economically attractive to kill them, with no limit on what a person can earn. *THEN* you will get rid of them.


The British tired that in India to rid itself of a cobra problem. It led to an increase in the overall cobra population as people began to breed them to cash in on the bounties
 
2012-11-27 02:05:35 PM
Who wants ceviche?.

blog.tonychachere.com
 
2012-11-27 02:06:26 PM
msnbcmedia3.msn.com 

hot. like the grill it belongs on.
 
2012-11-27 02:07:10 PM
Chef suggest we eat them? That's incredible.
 
2012-11-27 02:07:15 PM
I ate snakehead in Malaysia, served Cantonese style. The fish was cut into bite-sized morsels, then cooked in a wok with ginger, soy sauce, garlic, sesame oil, and spring onions. The meat was firm, more dense than most fresh-water fish, and somewhat oily. The flavor was strong but pleasant, suitable for the robust flavors of the other ingredients.

Given the firmness and oiliness of the fish, it's probably quite forgiving to cook.

Definitely could use rebranding, though. And they're hideously ugly in person -- I checked them out before dinner, as they were kept live in plastic tubs in a corner of the restaurant. Someone needs to get right on designing a cute anime-style version for marketing purposes.
 
2012-11-27 02:08:20 PM
How about Guardian Fish?
 
2012-11-27 02:08:35 PM
Eat the problem? Geesh, 'merikuh! That's your answer to EVERYTHING!
 
2012-11-27 02:08:49 PM

What's that you say? It is to eat them


There needs to be a 'Battle Snakehead' on Iron Chef America to get the word out.

Also, make the Frankenfish one of the surprise basket ingredients on 'Chopped'.
 
2012-11-27 02:10:28 PM
"Can remain out of water for three or four days"

Great, the things are going to crawl out of the river and steal my minivan for a crime spree!
 
2012-11-27 02:10:33 PM
My suggestion: start a rumor in China that ground Frankenfish liver (or some other small organ) will make your penis larger and cure erectile dysfunction.
 
2012-11-27 02:11:03 PM
At Tony & Joe's, snakehead appetizers cost $10 to $11, and entrees about $26. Maryland is the only state with a commercial market and the limited supply is keeping prices high.

How about starting there?
 
2012-11-27 02:11:17 PM

oldfarthenry: Eat the problem? Geesh, 'merikuh! That's your answer to EVERYTHING!


I'm gobbling up porn as fast as I can to help out.
 
2012-11-27 02:12:53 PM

dittybopper: Wrong answer. That's treating them like a game fish.

The correct answer is to put a bounty on their heads, one lucrative enough that it's economically attractive to kill them, with no limit on what a person can earn. *THEN* you will get privately owned breeding tanks of them.


FTFY.

Paul Doumer, an official in French Indo-China (modern Vietnam) set out to get the rats out of the sewer by paying crews by the tail. In the begining they were pulling a thousand tails a day, in a few month they were pulling forty thousand a day. Because he was incentivizing the people to breed rats for their tails.

If he'd figured out a way to get the people to eat more of them all would have worked. Jobs are created by consumption. If wild harvested snakeheads are demanded in increasing quantities by restaurants you have a market that sets the price. IF you have an UNLIMITED demand established by the government with no care about the quality of the meat then you risk incentivizing a private breeding program.
 
2012-11-27 02:13:18 PM
I believe we should eat all invaders. It's the only solution.
 
2012-11-27 02:14:11 PM

I_Can't_Believe_it's_not_Boutros: My suggestion: start a rumor in China that ground Frankenfish liver (or some other small organ) will make your penis larger and cure erectile dysfunction.


Would totally work.
 
2012-11-27 02:15:14 PM

I_Can't_Believe_it's_not_Boutros: My suggestion: start a rumor in China that ground Frankenfish liver (or some other small organ) will make your penis larger and cure erectile dysfunction.


I read that as "crocodile" dysfunction for some reason. Talk about something that creates strange pictures in your head.
 
2012-11-27 02:16:23 PM

pkellmey: I believe we should eat all invaders. It's the only solution.


Mexicans too?
 
2012-11-27 02:19:12 PM

Magorn: dittybopper: Wrong answer. That's treating them like a game fish.

The correct answer is to put a bounty on their heads, one lucrative enough that it's economically attractive to kill them, with no limit on what a person can earn. *THEN* you will get rid of them.

The British tired that in India to rid itself of a cobra problem. It led to an increase in the overall cobra population as people began to breed them to cash in on the bounties


It also costs taxpayers money. If we eat them, there's no cost to taxpayers.

Of course, if we eat enough of them then enterprising people will farm them. So maybe this is not such a great idea after all.
 
2012-11-27 02:21:47 PM

Pair-o-Dice: pkellmey: I believe we should eat all invaders. It's the only solution.

Mexicans too?


No, too spicy. We should just send Taco Bell to them. Problem solved.
 
2012-11-27 02:21:51 PM
From the Office of The President of The USA:

Don't kill snakeheads, I had one as a pet in Indonesia as a kid.

Thanks,
Obama-daddy

/solved
 
2012-11-27 02:22:18 PM
But the snakehead stands out among its invasive peers because its slab-like flesh and its minimal shrinkage is seemingly ideal for white-tablecloth restaurants.

Penis.
 
2012-11-27 02:22:40 PM
because pigs, chickens, ducks and cows have all been decimated by human consumption.
 
2012-11-27 02:23:20 PM

meat0918: Dammit people.

Frankenfish are GMO fish that have been modified to glow in the dark so it's easier for fisherman to illegally spear fish for them at night.

Invasive species are tasty tasty treats that Americans need to buck up and get used too.


Frankenfish
 
2012-11-27 02:24:37 PM
According to the article there is still no sign of them affecting the population numbers of the native species. If this hold true, and the snake heads are tasty, what's the problem with treating them like a normal game fish?
 
2012-11-27 02:24:57 PM

Plant Rights Activist: unyon: If they really want to make a dent, they need to rename them. Even using Channa argus is an upgrade over Snakehead.

Asian whitefish ought to do nicely.

why not just Whitesnake Fish?


\m/
 
2012-11-27 02:27:35 PM
This is Fark; aren't we supposed to call them the walking Chinese death fish over here?

Probably still a better name than "snakehead." You could sell them to reality shows as menu items.
 
2012-11-27 02:28:03 PM

Akabander: Given the firmness and oiliness of the fish, it's probably quite forgiving to cook.


Nuggets, battered and deep fried.

Gotta go where America shines...
 
2012-11-27 02:28:05 PM
TO ARMS! :O

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2012-11-27 02:29:32 PM
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Come at me, bro
 
2012-11-27 02:29:44 PM
www.wrongwroks.com
 
2012-11-27 02:34:02 PM
Just fish for 'em. When I see a snakehead, I see a northern pike. Which is a sport fish worth seeking out. And with snakeheads there is no size minimum and no creel limit.
 
2012-11-27 02:36:16 PM
OK...Yay. I get to be the filterpwning word!

I actually caught one of these when I was a kid damn near 4-5 years before they became a news item in Maryland. I remember thinking it was a farked up eel. As was my family's practice at the time, we ate the shiat of it. As we started catching more and more of them in the river, we eventually settled on two preferred recipes that are pretty accessible for your water man type Marylander.

Snake head chowder.

Roasted Garlic
1 can of hunts tomatoes with chiles
1/2 stick of butter
3 cubed potatoes
2 stalks of celery
2 carrots
about 1 qt chicken stock
bay leaf
Old Bay
parsley
chives
about 1 lb of snake head meat cut into chunks.
1 crab (whole)
some flour for a roux

Melt your butter and add enough flour to make a thin paste, keep it on low temp and stirring until you get a caramel color.
add your stock slowly until its incorporated with the roux.
add other ingredients, put on medium heat for 1 hour.

Pretty damn tasty.


Grilled Snakehead (lot simpler)


take a nice filet of the stuff (it really is a good firm grilling meat) and slather it with the following.

olive oil, salt, pepper, lemon juice, minced garlic, parsley, Parmesan cheese.

Wrap it up in foil and toss it on the grill.
right before its done, remove it from the foil and reserve the coating and toss the meat on the grill to get a char. serve with the coating crumbled up on top.
 
2012-11-27 02:37:42 PM

willfullyobscure: because pigs, chickens, ducks and cows have all been decimated by human consumption.


No, just the ecosystem required to mass produce them.
 
2012-11-27 02:45:03 PM
unyon: If they really want to make a dent, they need to rename them. Even using Channa argus is an upgrade over Snakehead.

Asian whitefish ought to do nicely.

Bingo. Chilean Sea Bass > Patagonian Toothfish.

/it's all about the marketing


How about "Langostino Tuna"?
 
2012-11-27 02:47:22 PM

dittybopper: Wrong answer. That's treating them like a game fish.

The correct answer is to put a bounty on their heads, one lucrative enough that it's economically attractive to kill them, with no limit on what a person can earn. *THEN* you will get rid of them.


or tell mcdonalds they have a new source for their filet-o-fish sandwiches.
 
2012-11-27 02:50:28 PM

mark12A: unyon: If they really want to make a dent, they need to rename them. Even using Channa argus is an upgrade over Snakehead.

Asian whitefish ought to do nicely.

Bingo. Chilean Sea Bass > Patagonian Toothfish.

/it's all about the marketing

How about "Langostino Tuna"?


Tubefishsteak
 
2012-11-27 02:50:34 PM

unyon: If they really want to make a dent, they need to rename them. Even using Channa argus is an upgrade over Snakehead.

Asian whitefish ought to do nicely.


Dolphin = "Flipper" = very affordable and tasty.

Dolphin = Mahi Mahi = yuppie fare and so expensive I no longer buy it.

/old
 
2012-11-27 02:50:52 PM

mark12A: How about "Langostino Tuna"?


"maryland pike"
 
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