Silver Fin Solutions provides professional research focused on Invasive Carp removal of using innovative, cost-effective methods to control these ecologically and recreationally harmful fish species.  

Silver Fin Solutions is building a platform as a conservation entity to include:

  • Transparent Information Exchange to inform managers for controlling and managing invasive carp species

    • We accomplish this by partnering with federal, state, and local agencies and universities to clearly communicate each project’s goals and to utilize Best Management Practices that are developed with consideration of the agencies’ expectations regarding fish removal, by-catch, and public recreation.

  • Research and Development (R&D) of novel techniques for harvest/removal of invasive carp species.

    • We use the latest technologies to develop, implement, and assess new fish-harvest methods and gears. Some of our new equipment designs include modified electric trawls, specialized seining/harvest nets combinations, specialized Dozer and Paupier fish sampling/removal systems. We are developing unique removal equipment such as barges with an industrial fish pump and a heavy crane to accommodate large hauls of contained fish. We also utilize large boats to transport the fish to trucks which haul the them  to processors.

  • Partnership and marketing for zero waste utilization of invasive species (e.g., rendering, meal, fillet).

    • In order to utilize all harvested fish to maximize benefits of invasive fish removal, we partner with commercial fishers, fish processors, bait dealers, fish meal plants, and compost researchers. We also support Ranken Technical College by offering on-site education on data collection and harvest techniques, and by working with the college to research production of high-quality fish meals including fish patties, nuggets, and sticks. 

 

Silver Fin Solutions serves as a turn-key operation for removal of invasive carp species from aquatic resources.  Our efforts will broaden ongoing contracts by helping traditional commercial fishers become more efficient and profitable, and to facilitate market growth and stability of invasive carp products.  We emphasize that our goals are not to sustain invasive carp numbers in any environment, but to reduce them to the lowest possible densities. There are specific locations where significant reductions are possible, and eradication or reducing numbers to make the fishes’ presence an anomaly is a realistic goal. However, in most open river populations of invasive carp we hope to negatively impact invasive carp numbers and reduce the harm they impose on fish community diversities and recreational boating. Commercial industry success is key to that endeavor. Commercial products created from the invasive carp are nutritious and very low in contaminants compare to most freshwater fishes.