Bow-fishing for jumping carp is fun, but the sheer volume of carp is crowding out native fish, so much in fact that in parts of the river 8 out of every 10 fish is an Asian carp. A fact which some Illinois officials believe could be an asset. Across the Mississippi Valley, fishermen and exporters are teaming up to develop the market for carp, and carp products. Miller spoke to residents in the tiny river town of Grafton, Illinois.
Expanding the market for ‘pesky but tasty’ Asian carp
Using harvest efforts, commercial fishers can reduce impacts of invasive species to provide value added products such as this potato crusted silverfin found in dining halls at University of Illinois. Photo courtesy of University of Illinois Dining Services. The MVP launch in provides a way to defray business costs for further development and marketing of Asian carp ventures with the goal of heightened control and management. Such efforts have been identified as critical for management and control of these invasive species as outlined in the Business Process Analysis and Action Plan.
December 23, — Governor Bruce Rauner announced today that companies and individuals interested in expanding demand for food and other products using Asian carp caught in Illinois waters are invited to apply for grant funding to assist their marketing efforts. The end result will be savings for taxpayers and a reduced threat to the Great Lakes. Federal funds dedicated to preventing the spread of Asian carp are being used for this new business development initiative. Funding is limited for this initial effort, and a steering committee has been established to aid in reviewing applications and awarding grants. Eligible applicants are those currently operating Asian carp fish processors and product makers that have sales of Asian carp products over some or all of the last year from date of application.