Options for Asian Carp

By WEEK Reporter

June 20, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 1:33 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Managing the Asian Carp that have invaded Illinois waterways could be an expensive job and Peoria County officials are trying to figure out a way to pay for it.

Remediation options discussed during a meeting at the Peoria County Courthouse Wednesday included using the carp to produce fishmeal for hog feed or selling Asian Carp to China.

State Department of Natural Resources officials said Central Illinois does not have a facility for processing the fish.

One commercial fisherman said there's definitely a demand for the fish overseas.

"I sell fish to China," said Rick Smith. "I have an order for 30 million pounds of fish in China and I get orders everyday. I might get 30 orders a day and five of them might be good and the rest maybe talk, everybody wants a commission."

Rick Smith said shipping Asian Carp is expensive and can cost up to $8,000 per load.

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