LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--American Mississippi Environmental Protection, Corp. (AMEPC), a U.S.-based company, has joined with the U.S. federal government and various State agencies to control the spread of Asian Carp in the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers. According to Mr. Minzhen Li, CEO of AMEPC, who came from China, “We are budgeting $840 million for this project, which will not only help contain the growth of Asian carp, but also stimulate the local economies and create employment opportunities for thousands of fisherman. In addition, we will build 20 processing plants to process and package the Asian carp for export to China.”
Asian Carp is an invasive fish species originally imported into the fresh waters in the United States to eat the algae and parasites. They are now making their way up the Mississippi River and causing damage to the native fish populations by eating plant life and other fish. If not controlled, there is serious concern that these fish will enter the Great Lakes, causing irreparable damage to the $7 billion fish industry.
With the purchase of 800 fishing boats, AMEPC will ship more than 400,000 tons of Asian carp per year, valued at $1.2 billion, creating over 7,000 jobs worth more than $400 million in personal income. Ten states border the Mississippi River and all will benefit from this economic stimulus when production is at full capacity.
Asian carp are not native to the U.S., are not a desired food product within the U.S. and have low economic value. Therefore, there is no incentive for the fishermen to catch the Asian carp. However, when frozen and shipped to Asia, the meat is eaten, while the head and bones are used for animal feed.
Commercial fishermen regularly catch 25,000 pounds of Asian carp per day, which average 30 to 40 pounds each. Some grow up to 100 pounds and are four feet long, eating up to 10% of their body weight each day.
In addition to the investment in the Mississippi River area, American Mississippi Environmental Protection Corp. will be spending more than $200 million in facilities in Los Angeles, to include a 20,000sf headquarters building and a 300,000sf processing plant.