Chef Philippe Parola to Discuss Solutions to Invasive Fish Species

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., November 29, 2018—Williams College invites the community to attend a discussion with Chef Philippe Parola, a renowned Baton Rouge, La.-based chef who is developing a human consumption market for Asian Carp, also known as Silverfin, an invasive species in the Mississippi River and beyond. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. in the Paresky Auditorium.

Silverfin were brought to the United Sates in the 1960s and 1970s for use in government agency and academic research, in sewage treatment plants, and as a biological control for algae, plants, and snails in aquaculture. Since then, these non-native fish have entered and spread rampantly through the fresh waterways of the Mississippi River Basin. Now the Silverfin population is pushing the boundaries of the Great Lakes and entering Louisiana’s Gulf Coast, threatening multi-billion-dollar fishing industries. Their destruction continues at an alarming rate, leaving native ecosystems demolished, commercial fisheries in despair, and countless livelihoods crippled.

Featured on CBS News, Chef Philippe Parola founded the Silverfin Group and leads the Eat the Problem! campaign to promote Silverfin as a food source to help manage the growing Silverfin population and protect our rivers.

About Chef Philippe

Chef Philippe Parola has more than 30 years of experience in the culinary profession. He has successfully developed business resources through creative cuisine skills, management techniques, and marketing campaigns, and he has a long list of award-winning achievements and professional accomplishments on both national and international levels. Chef Parola is now focused on food operations consulting and educating consumers on eating healthy while cooking at home. He has also launched a crusade to help stabilize our natural environment while developing a human consumption market for invasive and nuisance species such as alligator, wild boar, snow geese, and especially Silverfin.

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