Asian Carp processing plant set to open
WICKLIFFE, Ky. - Video taken from a Mississippi River fisherman shows just how dangerous fishing on the river can be. Dennis McDonald says Asian Carp threaten the waters he's known for years.
Angie Yu is spear-heading an effort to get the carp out of the Mississippi and the other rivers and lakes across western Kentucky. "We are here because of the carps," she said.
She's getting ready to open our area's first Asian Carp processing plant. Yu built the 36,000 square foot plant in Wickliffe because she said it's a central location for fisherman.
"We have a lot of fisherman here, a lot of carps for export," she told Local 6.
Yu gave Gov. Steve Beshear a tour of the site - it's where the fish will be cut, gutted and processed for export. Gov. Beshear said it's a win win for the local and global economies.
"When this idea came along and when Angie and her team came along, what a great solution," he said.
The plant can process up to 40,000 pounds of Carp a day. Yu says she hopes to put a dent in a problem that's plagued fisherman for many years.