We stopped off at Keo Fish Farms to talk with Mike Freeze. To get there required driving across a ¼-mile stretch of road that was underwater.
Freeze, who owns Keo Fish with a partner, is concerned that people elsewhere want to punish fish farmers for the escape of Asian carp.
Freeze was a state fish biologist in Arkansas in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s when Asian carp escaped into the wild. Most got out not from fish farms, but from government labs, he said, including some he oversaw.
Silver carp weren’t even raised on fish farms because they jump too much to catch them, so fish farmers weren’t responsible for their escape. “We need to stop the blame game,” he said.