Asian carp

Business
6:30 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Market for Asian carp maturing in Illinois

Grafton Mayor Tom Thompson (left) and Lu Xu Wu (Chinese investor in American Heartland Fish) speaking through an interpreter.
Adam Allington St. Louis Public Radio

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.  

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).

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Business
6:30 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Asian carp solution will have downstream impact

A tugboat pushes a barge under the Eads Bridge in St. Louis
Kelly Martin Via Wikimedia Commons

The issue of keeping Asian carp out of the Great Lakes has implications for a variety of industries.  Midwest officials are weighing a range of options, including severing the connection between the Mississippi River and Great Lakes basins.  This last option comes with a list of potential economic implications for the shipping and manufacturing industry.

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.

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Economy
11:40 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Asian Carp May Finally Sever Ties Of Mississippi With Great Lakes

Proposed Asian Carp barrier sites
Credit Great Lakes Commission

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.

Many biologists say the best solution would be complete separation of the Great Lakes from the Mississippi River watershed.

But basin separation comes with its own multi-billion dollar price tag, and would require re-plumbing the entire City of Chicago.

By most accounts, this story began in 1900, the year the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal was complete. 

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Asian Carp
10:11 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Developers detail planned Asian carp-processing plant in Grafton, Ill.

Cleaning an Asian carp for food preparation.
(via Flickr/lsgcp)

Updated 5:04 p.m. with more details.

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.

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.

Grafton Mayor Tom Thompson says the new plant will provide a welcome influx of good paying jobs.

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Asian Carp / Food Banks
2:27 pm
Mon July 4, 2011

Invasive Asian carp: protien-rich offering for Ill. food banks?

Cleaning an Asian carp for food preparation.
(via Flickr/lsgcp)

Reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Luke Runyon used in this report.

Asian carp - the invasive fish that's plagued Illinois rivers and is threatening the Great Lakes could soon become a staple at food banks.

Todd Main, with the state Department of Natural Resources, says there's more than two hundred million pounds of Asian carp swimming in the state's rivers.

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