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Accessed November 10, 2005
HAVANA, Ill. If you can't beat 'em _ catch 'em and sell
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