ST. PAUL, Minn.
(AP) - The term “Asian carp” has become endangered in Minnesota.
The state Senate on
Monday approved a measure that would rename the fish “invasive carp.” It’s a
response to concern by some people that the current term casts people from
Asian cultures in a negative light.
Senators added the
proposal to a larger bill that governs Minnesota natural-resource use. That
legislation returns to the House, where it passed earlier this month without
the name change.
John Hoffman said on the Senate floor that referring to the fish as “Asian”
was hurtful to some people.
Officials have been
trying to block the non-native fish’s progress into Mississippi River and
Great Lakes ecosystems.