Asian carp processing plant planned

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has announced that Riverine Fisheries International LLC plans to build a fish processing operation in Fulton County, Kentucky, USA.

Riverine Fisheries will catch, clean, process, package and transport various species of Asian carp found in Kentucky’s waters. The company plans to create 110 new jobs and invest $18.7 million into the project.

“Not only will Riverine Fisheries create new jobs and boost Kentucky exports, but it also will help to control Asian carp,” said Governor Beshear.

The company has purchased a 75,000-square-foot industrial building and also is mooring a self-contained processing vessel in the Mississippi River harbour in Hickman.

Riverine Fisheries plans to catch Asian carp using equipment and technologies that have proven successful in the challenging Pacific Northwest and Alaska fishing industries. Once the carp are harvested, the company will use the ship to process the fish into commercially viable products, such as surimi, fishmeal, fish oil, mince and fillets. These products will be shipped to every major market in the world.

Riverine Fisheries will focus on Asian carp that are invading Kentucky Lake, the Mississippi River, Cumberland River, Cumberland River and Tennessee River. In addition to targeting Asian carp the company will also process other seafood products brought in from other areas of the US.

“It is exciting to get such a win-win for Hickman and the surrounding areas,” said Senator Stan Humphries, of Cadiz. “Riverine Fisheries International is proposing to create jobs and boost the economy while assisting the state by helping rid the waterways of Asian carp, an invasive species that threatens native fish and other species. We welcome Riverine Fisheries’ contributions to both the economy and the environment.”

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