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Graves Co. company to profit off of invasive Asian carp

GRAVES COUNTY, KY (KFVS) -

A company that just opened in Graves County, Kentucky hopes to turn the invasive Asian carp in the region's waterways into a wholesale foods business.

Blue Shore Fishery LLC is investing more than $1.3 million into a former catfish-processing facility. The company is creating 66 jobs in Graves County to manufacture food products from Asian carp.

Blue Shore's owners received assistance from the Kentucky Innovation Network Office in Murray. The Network, which consists of 13 statewide offices, helped the owners make connections for marketing and web development, finding access to capital and exporting.

"It is great to celebrate an entrepreneurial success story like that of Blue Shore Fishery," said Gov. Steve Beshear. "An industry growing out of a fish species that is a problem in our waterways is bringing jobs to the community. This is exactly why our Kentucky Innovation Network reaches out to small businesses."

The company's products include surimi, a fish paste that can be used to make crab sticks, fishcakes and other foods, contain high-quality fish and fresh local ingredients with no fillers, additives or preservatives. The company plans to sell to wholesale markets in the U.S. and overseas, particularly in Asia.

Blue Shore is located off of State Route 97 in Farmington. At its facility, the company will process Asian carp caught by local commercial fishermen from rivers and lakes throughout western Kentucky.

It has two other facilities in Kentucky: RCB Fish Company in Ledbetter and Fin Gourment in Paducah, a research and development operation.

An invasive species, Asian carp compete with native fish and are overpopulating.

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