Asian carp http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Market for Asian carp maturing in Illinois http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/market-asian-carp-maturing-illinois <p>When the French explorer Père Marquette traveled down the Illinois River in 1673, his journal tells of encounters with “monstrous fish” so large they nearly overturned his canoe.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>In all likelihood the fish Marquette was talking about were channel catfish, but nearly 340 years later fisherman Josh Havens says it’s bighead carp... and silver carp which now harass boaters on the Illinois (silver carp are the jumpers).</p> Wed, 19 Sep 2012 11:30:00 +0000 Adam Allington 4610 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Market for Asian carp maturing in Illinois Asian carp solution will have downstream impact http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/asian-carp-solution-will-have-downstream-impact <p>The issue of keeping Asian carp out of the Great Lakes has implications for a variety of industries.&nbsp; Midwest officials are weighing a range of options, including severing the connection between the Mississippi River and Great Lakes basins.&nbsp; This last option comes with a list of potential economic implications for the shipping and manufacturing industry.</p><p>For instance, the 70-mile stretch of Mississippi River at St. Louis is one of the busiest inland ports in America—a place where grain, aggregate and steel are loaded and shipped up and down the river.</p> Mon, 17 Sep 2012 11:30:00 +0000 Adam Allington 4608 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Asian carp solution will have downstream impact Asian Carp May Finally Sever Ties Of Mississippi With Great Lakes http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/asian-carp-may-finally-sever-ties-mississippi-great-lakes <p>Earlier this spring the Obama administration ordered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to speed up a five-year study of options to block invasive Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes.</p><p>Many biologists say the best solution would be complete separation of the Great Lakes from the Mississippi River watershed.</p><p>But basin separation comes with its own multi-billion dollar price tag, and would require re-plumbing the entire City of Chicago.</p><p>By most accounts, this story began in 1900, the year the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal was complete.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 13 Sep 2012 16:40:13 +0000 Adam Allington 8654 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Asian Carp May Finally Sever Ties Of Mississippi With Great Lakes Developers detail planned Asian carp-processing plant in Grafton, Ill. http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/developers-detail-planned-asian-carp-processing-plant-grafton-ill-0 <p><strong>Updated 5:04 p.m.</strong> <em>with more details.</em></p><p>The tiny riverfront community of Grafton, Ill. has announced plans to build a plant to process Asian carp culled from the Mississippi and Illinois rivers.</p><p>The plant represents a $5.4 million joint venture between American Heartland Fish in Grafton, Falcon Protein, based in Alabama, and Wuhan Hui Chang Real Estate, a Chinese investment group.</p><p>Grafton Mayor Tom Thompson says the new plant will provide a welcome influx of good paying jobs.</p> Thu, 14 Jun 2012 15:11:15 +0000 Adam Allington 3907 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Developers detail planned Asian carp-processing plant in Grafton, Ill. Invasive Asian carp: protien-rich offering for Ill. food banks? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/invasive-asian-carp-protien-rich-offering-ill-food-banks <p><em>Reporting from Illinois Public Radio&#39;s Luke Runyon used in this report.</em></p><p>Asian carp - <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/chi-scientists-urge-separating-mississippi-river-great-lakes-to-stop-asian-carp-20110630,0,2810654.story">the invasive fish that&#39;s plagued Illinois rivers and is threatening the Great Lakes</a> could soon become a staple at food banks.</p><p>Todd Main, with the state Department of Natural Resources, says there&#39;s more than two hundred million pounds of Asian carp swimming in the state&#39;s rivers.</p> Mon, 04 Jul 2011 19:27:17 +0000 Illinois Public Radio 1554 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Invasive Asian carp: protien-rich offering for Ill. food banks?