Saturday, December 31, 2016

Free Enterprise Finds the Answer to the Silver Carp Problem

Sell them back to the Chinese, where they came from: Floating factory vessel to process Invasive Asian Carp in Tennessee
Leaping from rivers and lakes like aquatic projectiles and ravaging the food base of native fish, Asian carp are loathed by outdoors enthusiasts and state wildlife officials alike for being not just a nuisance, but a threat to boating and fishing industries worth $2.9 billion and $2.1 billion, respectively, in Tennessee. Enter Joe Gillas. He sees the invasive fish as an opportunity. Gillas’ company, Riverine Fisheries International, plans to moor a factory fishing vessel at the Port of Cates Landing, located on the Mississippi River near Tiptonville, Tennessee, about 100 miles north of Memphis. The nearly 350-foot-long boat would process Asian carp caught in the Mississippi and other rivers and lakes into food products to be exported to some 20 countries, including China and Russia. “I think there’s a good business model here,” said Gillas, 53, who was born and raised in Alaska and has fished all over the world. “I think we can do something good and make money at the same time.” Read the story here 08:35
Imported and invasive carp have threatened havoc in ecosystems across the country, and provided fodder of numerous funny fishing videos.  I expect if this fishery is a success, the government will come in and regulate the crap out of it to prevent it from depleting the numbers of the carp.

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