I wouldn't go with asian carp since they are so invasive. I'm not all that big on the tilapia either. I'm quite partial to channel catfish since they get big fast here in FL, they are native, they are easy to get and easy to grow, and they are good eating.
Much of the world things carp is great but they are boney by our lazy American standards
LOL, my uncle's carp recipe.
catch a carp, clean/gut it
Find a pine board, measure and cut to just longer than the carp.
Place the carp on board
Bake at 350 F
Remove from oven,
All joking aside, most of the world thinks carp are a great thing to eat and they are the most farmed fish species with tilapia only now catching up to them.
But still, I prefer natives if there are any good natives in your part of the world.
Carp is definitely considered native around here. Now, I tried some that tasted better than others. But I've eaten catfish that tasted downright 'muddy', then again I've had catfish on my plate that I wouldn't have traded for salmon. I guess a lot of it depends on how it's prepared and where the fish grew up...Not all fish can be trout.
That being said...to be fair the term "Asian Carp" seems to encompass about 9 different species. I'm sure not all of them are as good eatin' fish as others...
One of my favorite carp dishes is Pijani Saran (literally translated, "Drunken Carp") or breaded and baked.
Where in the world do you get "sterile" carp and how do they "sterilize" them!? Uggh.
There must be another species of carp we can grow in Northern Cali?
http://woldbiology.edublogs.org/2012/04/24/the-invasion-of-asian-ca... Some of these can jump 15 or 20 feet. Be careful with that 100 pounder he may take out the garage.
I'd rather be eating bluegill or any pan fish than carp but that's what we have and raise here so I eat my share. Like catfish, they may or may-not have a muddy taste if pond raised.
No more to add...ditto above comments.