New company to export Asian carp in western Ky.

A new company is investing more than $2.5 million in a western Kentucky venture expected to create 50 jobs processing Asian carp for shipment to Southeast Asia.

The fish breed faster than some native species and eat up algae and zooplankton that other fish need. A commercial fishing competition was held in March at Barkley and Kentucky lakes, and fishermen removed nearly 83,000 pounds of the carp.

Officials announced Thursday that Two Rivers Fisheries Inc. will buy Asian carp from local fishermen, process the meat and blast-freeze it for shipment.

Gov. Steve Beshear's office said in a statement the company expects the plant will be able to process and sell up to 10,000 pounds per day.

The state has approved tax incentives of up to $1 million for the project.

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