Pekin City Council Turns Back On Asian Carp Study

PEKIN, Ill. (AP) — A study of how Asian carp might be turned into a money-maker in the central Illinois city of Pekin has stirred up citizen complaints.

City leaders have reacted by making it clear that they too don’t want a fish factory.

The Pekin Daily Times reports the $7,500 study was approved by the council in December. The University of Illinois Business Consulting School wrote the report on how the pesky fish could be turned into food or fertilizer.

On Monday, council voted against filing the study. It is a symbolic move, since nothing about filing the study would obligate any further action.

Councilman Mark Luft says an Asian carp facility could smell bad and potentially damage Pekin’s image. Others on the council mentioned similar citizen concerns.