Possibility of Asian Carp Processing Plant to Central Illinois

Published 07/10 2014 06:20PM

Updated 07/10 2014 06:27PM

PEORIA - The possibility of an Asian Carp processing plant in central Illinois is swimming around. Peoria County officials say several local river cities are interested in getting a plant.

The potential plant would try and process the whole fish for fertilizer, fish meal, and maybe even human consumption.

A processing plant in Grafton, Ill., has been open for nearly three months.
Its main focus was originally human consumption, but it quickly switched to using state-of-the-art machinery that uses the whole fish to make fish meal and oil.

“Getting rid of these fish in great volumes and very quickly, and human consumption angle did not really serve that purpose,” Gray Magee, the CEO of American Heartland Fish Products, said.

Cities such as Chillicothe, Pekin and East Peoria have considered building the processing plant, and county officials say it would be a five to ten million dollar investment for the city that gets it.

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