COPI is the new name

Rebranding Asian Carp as COPI

Copi is the new name

Blue corn taco, fennel salsa

 Would giving it a new name make it taste more delicious? Researchers think so. — COPI is the new name in a nationwide rebranding campaign. If you can’t beat them-eat them.


Asian carp were brought to the U.S. from China in the 1970’s to clean up the algae in catfish ponds and sewage lagoons. —Flooding of the Mississippi River since the early 1990’s allowed the carp to escape into the major waterways. —The Chicago canal system is a major concern for potential release of invasive species into the Great Lakes. —Want to learn more, here is a presentation I did some time ago.

COPI at Watson Lake Inn

COPI arrived at Watson Lake Inn last year in the spring, provided by Sorce Freshwater Company in Peoria, Illinois. Since then we have been developing and testing a dozen of recipes, receiving nothing but positive feedback from our guests. A couple of recipes such as Purple COPI Cakes are also featured in our recently published Watson Lake Inn Family Cookbook. Autographed copies are available at the Inn; And if you cannot wait for your next visit, you may order online here.

COPI in the news

USA TODAY – Invasive Asian carp is getting a new name February 8, 2021

WTTW – Asian Carp to Undergo Name Change June 7, 2021

Staying at Watson Lake Inn

We know you’ve got many options for lodging; but staying with us at Watson Lake Inn, you will indulge in a memorable experience and culinary discovery. Complemented with an indoor environment in harmony with nature through MEMON the unique technology that works in many ways. – Holistic comfort that our guests can feel! Choose from one of our three suites for your stay with us.

Eat Well. Do Good. Choose COPI at Watson Lake Inn

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Copi is the new name

Watson Lake Inn Fish Fry featuring Copi

Copi is the new name

COPI shipment from SORCE freshwater co.


Copi is the new name

Copi aka Asian Carp



Comments 1

  1. I was just about to forward you an article about the rebranding of carp as copi, Peter, and I see you are already in the know – but of course.

    Hope all goes well for you and your family. I have retired from the WCTC Culinary Advisory Committee after 20 years – yikes.

    Speaking of news, I noticed via Facebook that Jason Gorman is working with the Boston Celtics now. My keyboard is a bit problematic or I would write more.

    All the best. deb


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