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.
Work to maintain and repair the U.S. 51 Ohio River Bridge between Wickliffe, Kentucky and Cairo, Illinois will restrict traffic to a 7 -foot maximum load width starting Monday, July 29, 2013 (KYTC had initially reported the 22nd, the contractor requested to delay the start date one week.) The work zone restriction will prohibit trucks, buses, motor homes and vehicles pulling trailers from crossing the bridge for approximately 56 days.
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.
A representative from the city of Wickliffe is among Mississippi River town leaders meeting this week to discuss federal lobbying efforts. The newly-formed Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative is meeting in St. Louis to talk about water quality, floodplains, and recreational and environmental protection.