Asian Carp

12:21 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

Ky Receives Federal Funds to Help Stem Asian Carp Spread

Credit USFWS Photo

  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is providing Kentucky $240k to fight the spread of Asian carp.  

The abundant invasive species outcompetes the native fish for food causing an economic distress for local fisheries.  

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1:43 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Officials Say No Regulation for Asian Carp Harvests

Credit KDFWR

State wildlife officials say commercializing the harvest of Asian Carp may be the only way to eradicate the invasive species, but it may lead to problems in itself. Ron Brooks, Fisheries Director of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources speaks with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good about plans for over-harvesting Asian Carp and Kentucky's lucrative caviar industry.

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4:48 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Asian Carp Startup Wins Regional Entrepreneur Pitch Competition at MSU

Dr. Lan Chi Thi "Lula" Luu, winner of the 2014 Regional Aspiring Entrepreneur Pitch Competition at MSU
Credit Rob Canning

A startup fish store from Louisiana specializing in Asian carp is the winner of the first regional entrepreneurial pitch competition at Murray State University.

Gov. Steve Beshear is sponsoring 8 regional competitions aimed at getting start-ups a shot at venture capital from an angel investors network.

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3:08 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Estimates Put Asian Carp Fish Kill Near 500,000 on Cumberland River

Remnants of the nearly 500,000 dead Asian carp floating below Barkley Dam.
Credit Paul Rister (KDFWR)

Scientists are studying the cause of a massive fish kill in western Kentucky, which state wildlife officials are saying is the largest kill of its kind recorded.   

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3:16 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Carp(e) Diem: Kentucky Sends Invasive Fish To China

Commercial fisherman Ronnie Hopkins (left) and his assistant, Armondo, catch Asian carp on Lake Barkley, Ky.
Paul Rister AP

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 8:47 pm

The invasive Asian carp has now been found in 12 states and in the Great Lakes watershed, gobbling up native fish, jumping aggressively into boats and reproducing like crazy. Researchers have tried various ways to slow the spread of the fish as it prowls other waterways.

And, so far, efforts to introduce the big, bony fish to American diners haven't caught on. So now a processing plant in Kentucky is trying the latest method of Asian carp disposal: sending them to China.

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3:14 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

State Official Says Asian Carp Bow Fishing Tournament Won’t Make a Dent

A bow hunting Asian carp tournament is coming in May to reduce the fish’s population, but a state official says it won’t have a significant effect.

Fisherman James Story is coordinating the tournament in hopes of encouraging bow hunters to go after the carp. But Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Resources Fisheries Director Ron Brooks says there are just too many fish to make an impact in one day.

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5:00 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Paducah Photographer Raises Money for Asian Carp Documentary

Credit Darkwater Documentary, Facebook

During Sounds Good today, we met Paducah photographer Glenn Hall who has launched an Indiegogo Campaign to raise money to assist in night filming a documentary about the invasion of Asian carp in area waters, a project Hall's been working on since the floods of 2011. See more about the documentary on Indiegogo
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4:38 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Two Rivers Fishery Ships First Asian Carp Load

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.

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4:16 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Asian Carp Processing Plant Brings 50 Jobs to Wickliffe

Credit Whitney Jones / WKMS

An Asian carp processing plant opened today in Wickliffe.

The Two Rivers Fishery plans to create 50 jobs, invest more than $2.5 million in the project and add to Kentucky exports.

The plant will blast-freeze processed fish for shipment to South East Asia. The by-products of the invasive fish can also be used in fertilizer. The plant plans to process and sell up to 10,000 pounds of Asian carp per day.

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6:55 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Fighting Back the Asian Carp

Byron Hopkins holds up a bighead carp caught at the Carp Madness tournament while his grandfather Ronnie Hopkins looks on.
Whitney Jones WKMS

The invasive Asian carp are multiplying rapidly throughout the Mississippi and Ohio rivers and their tributaries. They're a scourge for native fish, tourists and commercial fishermen. Whitney Jones went to the first Asian carp fishing tournament to find out why Asian carp are such a destructive nuisance.

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