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Carp Conundrum: Too Many Fish, Not Enough Fishermen

Two Rivers Fisheries in west Kentucky has more than doubled its Asian carp processing since it opened in 2013. Employees at the Wickliffe fishery are working on a load of silver carp caught by contracted commercial fishermen. The crates of fish represent a small amount of the more two million pounds that Two Rivers processes. “We need at least 10 groups of full-time commercial fishermen, ”,,,  “I’ve got fishermen here that are making $2,000 to $3,000 a week… We are trying to get people to start fishing for this fish because this fish is here to stay and we are here to stay.” >click to read<16:22

Chinese business brings prosperity to fishermen on Mississippi

After less than 10-minute cruising on the Mississippi River in west Kentucky, Mark Buttler stopped his boat near a shoal and began to cast nets. He harvested 400 pounds of fish from two fishnets on this bright autumn morning. For the 62-year-old fisherman, who joined his father for fishing soon after high school graduation in the westernmost part of the U.S. state of Kentucky, the daily routine also includes selling his catch to a local business run by a Chinese entrepreneur. Before 2013, he sold his fish either to a market up north or to a seafood restaurant in Ledbetter, Kentucky. Then Angie Yu came to the City of Wickliffe in west Kentucky and opened the Two Rivers Fisheries to process fish from the Mississippi. Yu’s efforts also coincide with the U.S. government’s eagerness to remove some of the Asian carp from the river. click here to read the story 17:53

Kentucky State Fish and Wildlife Department seeking input on entrepreneurial solutions for Asian carp problem

Asian carp swim by the millions in Kentucky’s waterways, threatening to crowd out native fish in some of the state’s most cherished fishing destinations – including Kentucky and Barkley lakes in the west. With an absence of predators and little natural controls available for these invasive species, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, the state Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet and the Commonwealth of Kentucky are seeking public input on a plan to limit the explosive growth of Asian carp populations while providing a valuable protein source for people. State officials will evaluate a potential public/private partnership to boost the emerging Asian carp fish processing business in Kentucky. State support of entrepreneurs could include hiring commercial anglers and rental of necessary equipment; supplying freezer space in warehouses; purchasing catches during low demand times; and cash incentives, among other potential solutions. click here to read the story 08:30

Progress made on invasive Asian carp in Kentucky thanks to Commercial Fishermen

Asian carp have been a big problem in our state. For years now, the KDFWR has worked with commercial fisherman, private fish processors and others in efforts to remove the Asian carp from our waters. Since 2015, three processors have been established, and their facilities have led to the harvest of more than 1.2 million pounds of Asian carp in 2015; more than 800,000 pounds from Kentucky and Barkley lakes. These processors are putting a big dent into this large population and are taking a fish that is unwanted in our waterways and putting them to use by processing them into food to ship overseas. In March, Two Rivers Fisheries in Wickliffe announced it was expanding. The plant doubled production in the past year, processing more than four million Asian carp to ship the fillets overseas and to use in fertilizers. click here to read the story 10:32

REWARD!! Michigan DNR Offers Big Reward For Plan To Block Invasive Fish

If the fishing world had a most-wanted list, Asian carp surely top it. There are plenty of despised invasives plaguing U.S. waters, but how many of them have a $1 million dollar bounty on their heads? That’s what the Michigan Department of Natural Resources just dropped on the table. Show the agency a viable plan for stopping those silver and big head carp from reaching the Great Lakes and you could be eligible for a sweet payday. In case you haven’t already heard the tale, Asian carp are prolific breeders that can reach 50-pounds. The filter-feeding invasives consume massive amounts of the tiny plants (phytoplankton) and animals (zooplankton) that feed native forage species, along with juvenile sport fish such as walleye and yellow perch. Disrupting the food web can wreak havoc on local fisheries. Read the story here with link to DNR 12:21

What a surprise! Fishermen can catch grass carp, but government scientists can’t!

Despite Quebec’s investment of $1.7 million to tackle a possible grass carp invasion, scientists have yet to locate any specimens themselves. Quebec’s Forests, Wildlife and Parks Ministry was quick to roll out a plan to combat the invasive species after two fishermen in the Lanaudière region caught a 29-kilogram grass carp in the St. Lawrence River May 27. Government scientists’ subsequent fishing expeditions have taken place in the Contrecœur area, about 60 kilometres northeast of Montreal. Tuesday, the ministry announced they have come up empty-handed. At this stage, laboratory tests are underway to determine the presence of grass carp DNA in the St. Lawrence River, sampling water from different areas. Those results will be available at the beginning of July. The grass carp is a type of Asian carp. The one that was caught in the St. Lawrence River was estimated to be between 15 and 30 years old. link 10:17

Asian carp in the St-Lawrence threatens Quebec’s fishing industry

asian carpIf you’ve seen the videos of boaters laughing uproariously as their motors startle giant Asian carp that leap high in the air and even into their boats, you might think it’s fun news that a 29-kilogram Asian carp was recently fished out of the St-Lawrence River. It’s not. The discovery of a single grass carp, one of four Asian carp species that have invaded several waterways in the United States in recent decades, near Contrecoeur last month could spell disaster for other fish, waterfowl and various species in the St-Lawrence River, and the waterways connected to it, as well as Quebec’s fishing industry. Here is a primer on Asian carp and why they’re so worrisome. Read the rest here 20:43

Commercial fisherman pulls a grass carp from his net in Lake Erie

On Thursday, September 17, 2015 a commercial fisherman had an interesting find when he pulled a grass carp from his net in Lake Erie .The Grass carp is a species of the Asian carp, which feeds on aquatic vegetation. The fish was caught west of Point Pelee Thursday morning and weighed in at about 23 pounds (10.5 kilograms), though they have been known to grow upwards of 99 pounds (45 kilograms). The carp was sent to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans in Burlington for testing. This specific testing will include whether the fish was fertile or sterile,,, Read the rest here 12:22

SECURE THE BOARDER! Asian carp discovery in Toronto prompts swift response

Canadian officials have moved quickly after an invasive species of fish was spotted in ponds in Toronto. It’s one of the largest responses ever against Asian carp. “We’re seeing an invasion happening in the U.S., so we can see the devastation that these species are having. We’re seeing native species pushed out for food and space, we’re seeing loss of habitat in wetlands areas and we’re seeing declines in commercial fishery values,” said Becky Cudmore, manager of the Asian Carp program. “Those are the type of impacts that these Asian carp species are,,, Read the rest here 14:03

To tame the invasive Asian Carp, local chef pitches processing plant

Plopping a 25-pound Asian carp in all its glorious ugliness onto a table in the middle of a conference room is a sure-fire way to get an audience’s attention. For Chef Philippe Parola it is the start of a familiar pitch: find a way to facilitate the consumption of the invasive species before it wrecks freshwater ecosystems in Louisiana, much as it already has in the upper Mississippi River valley. Read the rest here 07:55

Emerging Fishery: Asian Carp nuisance seen as growth industry

“The best way to control anything is to eat it up,” said Luu at her company in Ledbetter, on the outskirts of Paducah. “This is the second most consumed species of fish in the world. As a result, we can save our other species of fish.” Her company markets the carp as “Kentucky Blue Snapper,”,. She hopes to create 60 jobs paying about $10 an hour after receiving state approval last month to receive up to $1 million in state tax incentives. Another $4 million in similar state aid has been approved for two other nearby carp processors since 2013. Read the rest here 11:25

Asian carp chili or carp burgers, anyone?

Although Asian carp filets are too bony for most U.S. consumers, boneless minced carp can be used as healthy stand-in for ground beef in some recipes. A recent University of Missouri blind taste test found that Asian carp rated higher than catfish. Asian carp chili, anyone?  It may not sound appealing at first, but Dr. Mark Morgan at the University of Missouri has received rave reviews for his unique chili on several occasions.  Read the rest here 17:17

Illinois company latest to test market for carp

When they arrive at the processing plant, the fish that have been cursed as a menace to American lakes and rivers are raked onto a conveyer belt, some of them still flopping.  Brought by the boatload to this facility north of St. Louis, the Asian carp quickly meet a gruesome fate: They are ground to a bloody pulp in a maze of machines that churn their bony bodies into dehydrated meal and fish oil. Read more here 20:22

Asian Carp vs. Commercial Fishermen: 2.5M lbs of now out of Illinois

It’s been four years since the discovery of an Asian carp between the electric barriers and    Lake Michigan. That’s when the state went into emergency mode. They hired a select group of Illinois commercial fishermen. Video, Read more here  07:53

Asian carp invasion a growing problem

No one really dreams anymore of completely ridding the Wabash River of invasive, destructive — and, let’s be honest, ugly-looking — Asian carp, a voracious breed of fish that grows quickly, reproduces rapidly and vacuums up so much microscopic plankton that it can starve out native species higher up the food chain. Read more here 11:26

Asian Carp more than just a nuisance for Illinois River fisherman – video

PEORIA, Ill. — The Asian Carp was introduced to American fisheries in the 1970s in an attempt to help to clean up the water. They have since invaded the Illinois River. It is the heart of spawning season, and fisherman say the fish are out of control. Read more here 10:08

Plans for a local Asian Carp processing center are on the way

EAST PEORIA, Ill. — Local leaders, international entrepreneurs, and local businesses are cooking up a plan to control the invasion of Asian Carp in the Illinois River. Ten entrepreneurs in China have expressed interest in bringing an Asian Carp processing center to the Peoria area. Read more here 22:29

Asian carp invasion headed our way

Most sport fishermen are bitterly opposed to commercial fishing with nets. Many think their nets harm game fish populations. But the day might be coming when sport fishermen wish there were more commercial fishermen. Asian carp have invaded the lower reaches on the Tennessee,,, Read more here nooga.com  11:13

Alltheway Trucking Inc, driver fined $75,000 for carrying live Asian carp

Alltheway Trucking Inc. and Yong-Sheng Zhang were each found guilty under the federal Fisheries Act for possessing live invasive fish. The company was fined $70,000 and the truck driver was fined $5,000. In addition, more than 3,000 kilograms of grass carp was forfeited to the Canadian government. Read [email protected]  17:56

Peoria processing facility suggested as means to battle Asian carp

Perhaps the private sector can succeed where the government has failed. That seemed to be the theme following a summit-type meeting on Asian carp held at the Peoria County Courthouse Wednesday morning. [email protected]  14:19

Tiny number of Asian carp could be big problem for the Great Lakes

“This species will have a huge impact on the food web,” says Professor Cuddington. “Not only is it a fast-growing fish physically, but the population itself grows very quickly. A female can lay well over a million eggs a year, and with no known predators present in the Great Lakes, the Asian carp could dominate the waters and impact fisheries.” [email protected] 10:48

Local investors have received approvals needed to move full speed ahead on a $3.1 million fish Asian Carp rendering plant

The plant primarily will render Asian carp for high-protein supplement products, but can render any fish caught by commercial fishermen contracted to bring in fish for the operation. [email protected]

U.S. plan to fight Asian carp includes electronic barriers, water guns and love potions! Why not let NMFS take care of it? They know how to make fish disapear!

“This strategy continues our aggressive effort to bolster our tools to keep  Asian carp out of the Great Lakes while we work toward a long-term solution,”  said John Goss of the White House,,,[email protected]

Paris, Tennessee. Where they WANT you to overfish! The only drawback is getting paid.

A variety of options to deal with the carp ­— many of which require a collaboration between state and area government leaders as well as commercial fishermen ­— have been suggested by experts.

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Star editorial: Stopping Asian carp

The latest news about Asian carp isn’t good. In fact, it’s alarming. According to a report from the U.S. Geological Survey, the invasive and destructive fish may be able to spawn in far more of the Great Lakes’ tributaries including rivers in our region — than was first thought. [email protected]

Serving up Asian Carp

It’s survival of the fittest for fish in the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers. Asian Carp, a non-native fish, are rapidly multiplying and threatening other species of fish. Now Shafer fisheries in Thomson, Illinois is harvesting them. They’re catching an average of 80,000 lbs. of asian carp a week, and they’re cashing in on this fish with a bad rep. “We’re pretty much the only ones left,” said Owner Michael Shafer. Shafer said times are definitely changing in the commercial fishing industry. continued

Grafton IIlinois to buy 10 acres for light industry – Asian carp fish processing plant to make byproducts such as fish oil and fish meal.

The Telegraph – American Heartland is the licensee of Falcon Protein’s patented process of turning Asian carp – an invasive species of U.S. inland waterways – into fish meal and fish oil. Grafton residents Ben Allen and Bryon LeBeau also make up American Heartland Fish Products, formerly known as Inland Fisheries Processing and Marketing Research Center. Last November, the group closed on its building and land. The plant also will bring jobs to the area. continued

Asian carp could threaten La. fishery

A Louisiana chef is teaming up with wildlife officials to target a big fish that could cause even bigger problems in the state’s productive fishing grounds. These fish eat voraciously and reproduce rapidly. One fish reproduces three to four times a year, releasing between 100,000 to 3 million eggs each spawning, Parola said. They have no major predators and can eat more than 20 percent of their body weight in algae and plankton a day. Asian carp can weigh up to 100 pounds. With their large size and hunger for plankton, they could pose a threat to native species. continued

Louisiana Chef’s Solution to Asian Carp Invasion – Eat Them! video

louisianaseafoodnews.com – Louisiana Chef Philippe Parola has had his eye on the Asian carp situation in Louisiana for several years, and he is not shy about expressing his worry and frustration over the slow bureaucracy of addressing what he sees as a serious threat to the ecosystem and the state’s multi-million dollar recreational and commercial fishing industry. continued

‘Plausible’ that Asian carp have reached Great Lakes – Laboratory analysis turned up positive hits for bighead or silver carp DNA in western Lake Erie

CBC.ca – At least some Asian carp probably have found their way into the Great Lakes, according to a scientific report released Thursday. But there’s still time to stop the dreaded invaders from becoming established and unraveling food chains that support a $7 billion fishing industry and sensitive ecosystems, the report noted. continued