Lyon Co. targeting Asian Carp problem

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Reporter - Lauren Adams
Photojournalist - Justin Jones

LYON COUNTY, Ky. - Fisherman Ronny Hopkins says he can catch up to 10,000 pounds of fish a day. But a lot of it, he says, is not even worth it.

"I'm already killing myself now. Why work for nothing?" he said of catching Asian Carp which typically bring in just ten cents a pound.

The fish may not be profitable, but it is plentiful.

"That's all they do is eat and multiply, eat and multiply," he said.

Lyon County Judge Executive Wade White has noticed the growing number of carp. His hope is to bring a 400-foot vessel into local waters. The vessel, belonging to an Alaskan-based company, would process the fish on site before sending them overseas to Asia. In the Asian market the fish are not only eaten but used for oils and pet foods, commanding a bigger price.

Initially the federal government told White it could take up to 2 years to make a decision. But as the population grows, White said that was time he did not have so he appealed to state lawmakers. A decision is now expected in 30 days.

Ronny Hopkins is hoping for the go ahead, and a larger profit.

"It's all about the money, people will go fishing if they can make money," he said.

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