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Companies Hope To Profit From Abundant Carp Population

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Invasive Asian carp are a growing problem in the Midwest. The large, silver fish are spreading across lakes and streams and threatening local fish populations.

Some businesses are hoping to cash in on the problem – fishermen have started catching the fish and shipping them overseas.

Kentucky has seen a 300 percent increase in carp exports, according to Joe Hall, a spokesman for the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development.

"You have companies coming in saying 'Hey, we can not only help solve your problem, we can turn a profit and create jobs,' which is an ideal situation for everybody," Hall said.

But while commercial carp fishing is taking off in surrounding states, it’s unlikely Indiana will see similar enterprises in the near future, says Eric Fischer, an invasive species expert from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

"There are spots where they are heavily populated, but for the most part we’re nowhere near the scale on the Asian carp problem," Fischer said.

And carp don’t sell for much, just pennies per pound, so fishermen would need to catch a lot of fish to make a significant profit.

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