Yu came up with the idea of cashing in on the battle against the Asian carp, and in 2011 founded Two Riv

ers Fisheries in Wickliffe, just south of where the Mississippi and Ohio rivers meet.

Yu has a knack for turning waste into profit. She once developed a business that turne

d discarded crab and shrimp shells into glucosamine, a popular supplement used to treat joint pain.

In Iceland, where lumpfish were discarded after their roe was removed for caviar, she exported the leftover fish to China.

Two Rivers Fisheries began processing and exporting carp in 2013. Las

t year, the company processed about 1.17 million kg of the fish. This year, it processed nearly 590,

000 kg in the first quarter. Since starting operations, it has processed 4.53 million kg of carp.

It is the leading fish exporter by volume in Kentucky.

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