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Firm fishes for commercial uses of nuisance carp
Associated Press
Accessed November 10, 2005

HAVANA, Ill. If you can't beat 'em _ catch 'em and sell 'em.

That is what a central Illinois company, with an assist from the state, is considering in the ongoing battle with the pesky Asian carp.

With a 100-thousand dollar state grant, Carp Protein Products is studying what it can do with the more than 20 (m) million pounds of carp it says it could pull from Illinois rivers annually.

Carp protein president Jim Sneed says the Havana-based company has been trying to determine just how many of the fish there are in and around Illinois.

Sneed would not say exactly what could be made out of the carp because of trade concerns. But he says the company will announce potential carp products later this month.

State and federal officials worry the voracious carp could threaten a four-point-five (b) billion dollar sport and commercial fishing industry if they reach the Great Lakes.

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