Asian Carp

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A new Graves County carp processing plant could bring nearly 70 new jobs to the area. Blue Shore Fishery, along with local and state officials, christened the 11,000-square-foot Farmington facility Tuesday.


  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.  


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.

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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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.   

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.

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.

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

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.

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.