Grant program announced today targets battle against Asian carp in Great Lakes

Date: 
12/19/2018
Carp

New grant program announced today by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner targets opportunities to expand demand for food and other products using Asian carp caught in Illinois. 

"One of the best ways to protect the Great Lakes from Asian Carp is to reduce the population of the invasive species, and our governments spend millions of dollars each year to remove these fish from our rivers," Rauner said. "This grant program will give our fishing industry incentives to harvest even more Asian Carp by expanding and creating new markets for the fish. The end result will be savings for taxpayers and a reduced threat to the Great Lakes." 

"One of the best ways to protect the Great Lakes from Asian Carp is to reduce the population of the invasive species, and our governments spend millions of dollars each year to remove these fish from our rivers," Rauner said. "This grant program will give our fishing industry incentives to harvest even more  Asian Carp by expanding and creating new markets for the fish. The end result will be savings for taxpayers and a reduced threat to the Great Lakes." 

Grants are now available through the Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ (IDNR) Asian Carp Market Value Program (MVP) to support current Asian carp processors and product-makers in expanding existing markets and developing new markets and sales opportunities for Asian carp products. 

As part of the IDNR Asian Carp Market Value Program, grants of up to $8,000 per applicant are available (with a 20% match by the applicant) to reimburse recipients for business travel expenses and attendance at trade shows and conferences associated with market development and sales of Asian carp products. 

More information and the application, click here.

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