Wickliffe’s Two Rivers Fishery has shipped its first of many loads of Asian carp on Tuesday, and it’s going to China.
Plant manager Jeff Smith said the plant has a few orders in the United States and overseas, but he’s preparing for the processing plant’s largest order yet. Customers in China have placed an order for a million pounds of the Asian carp. Smith said that order has a large impact on the new fishery.
“It will increase both to the employee and indirectly and directly impact the plant,” he said. “That means more fishermen we have to hire because right now we want to get up to where we can ship two loads a week out, two containers a week.”
Smith said he even started hiring more plant workers immediately after he heard about the large order. He’s also planning on working with more fishermen. Now eight fishermen bring Asian carp to Two Rivers, but Smith hopes to soon start working with about a dozen.
Owner Angie Yu says the plant has been in operation for about a month and her employees process an average of 6,000 pounds of fish a day. The first load for the million pound order should total at about 40,000 pounds and ship next week.