(March 18, 2019) The Illinois Department of Natural Resources recently launched the Market Value Grant Program. It offers up to $8,000 to fish processors and product makers for marketing their Asian carp products. Such efforts have been identified as a useful method to encourage removal of these fish from Illinois waterways. This program is part of a collaboration of IDNR with U.S. EPA and federal partners in the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
Fish processors and product makers can apply for funding to defray costs of business travel and trade show attendance. Products include a variety of fine dining filets, fish cakes, burgers, smoked fish, fish paste, fish powder, pet foods, fish meal; fertilizer; medical applications and nutritional supplements.