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THIS IS BIG NEWS IF YOU’RE FROM THE MID-WEST:
Fans of the tasty fresh water Chubs are in for bad news.
Our beloved fish seem to be swimming towards extinction.
THE STORY OF SMOKED CHUBS:
On our annual pilgrimage to Bearcats and Ewigs, we are usually told that Chubs just aren’t profitable to fish anymore. Then it was “check back in October”, followed by “check back in February”, in an endless loop of disappointment.
BLAME THE MUSSELS:
Really bad news. Seems the reason we can’t find Chubs in the fish markets is not just because of low profit.
The blame lies squarely with zebra mussels and the larger quagga mussels that hitch-hike aboard ocean-going ships. These invasive species are eating chub food, the plankton that smaller fish like to eat. The mussels promote clear water by munching on enough green stuff to open up the feeding area to sunlight. Sunlight promotes the growth of killer algae. We can put a man on the moon, yet scientists have yet to figure out a way to completely control this ecological and gourmet disaster.
Dear Cheese Heads, kindly alert Tango Diva when you see Chubs available for purchase.