Japanese news agency to visit Louisiana to fish, eat Asian Carp

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 1:30am

Louisiana will play host to some special visitors starting Tuesday, Jan. 22.

Kyoto News, a major news agency in Japan, is sending a team from President Obama's inauguration ceremony straight to Venice, Louisiana.

The team will be treated to a day full of fishing at a camp down there.

Organizers say once these reporters see why Louisiana is known as “Sportsman's Paradise,” they'll be able to spread the word when they go back home.

“Once they get on a boat, come out with us and see how big of a fish they can catch, it’s going to win their hearts over,” stated host PJ Pokorney. “If they get to experience that, I think it’ll create a whole new realm of tourism."

Both Pokorney and Chef Phillipe Parolla will be showing the Kyodo News team around.

Parolla has been a big name around Baton Rouge for 30 years, but he continues to stay in the news for his efforts to turn a nuisance fish in the Mississippi River into an international delicacy.

He's hoping that the news team from Japan will also open the country's eyes to Asian Carp.

The invasive species of fish is destroying Louisiana waterways, but Chef Parolla has developed a way to de-bone the fish and make it very appetizing.

"They know about the Asian Carp,” stated Parolla. “It might be a good opportunity to double up the market in Japan because they are the biggest consumers of fish.”

The Kyoto News team will come to Baton Rouge after their fishing trip in Venice; they'll tour the Capitol City, and attend a cooking demonstration of Asian Carp at Boutin's off of Bluebonnet Boulevard. 

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