Carp-processing plant planned in Grafton -

Carp-processing plant planned in Grafton

GRAFTON, Ill. (AP) -- A plant that processes Asian carp may be headed to southwestern Illinois.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that local investors and their business partners on Thursday will announce plans to build the site in the Mississippi River town of Grafton.

Mayor Tom Thompson says the development by the local investment group, American Heartland Fish Products, could mean about 35 jobs and a market for area fishermen.

The plant also could help control the populations of silver carp and bighead carp. Those are species from Asia that increasingly have crowded out more popular fish in the Mississippi and Illinois rivers.

Asian carp are large fish that can leap from the water when startled, potentially injuring fishermen, other boaters and water skiers.

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