Two Rivers Fisheries, Inc. receives 2017 Pacesetter Award
by Teresa Ann Pearson
Editor, Advance Yeoman
WICKLIFFE - Kentucky's small businesses were celebrated in Frankfort during Kentucky Celebrates Small Business on May 3, 2017. The Kentucky Small Business Development Center presented Kentucky Pacesetter awards to 10 businesses that were chosen based on how they are changing Kentucky's economic landscape by introducing innovative products, increasing sales and/or production, boosting employment and serving their communities. The Pacesetter Recognition Program recognizes high performing small businesses that are producing innovative products, increasing sales, creating jobs and serving communities of the Commonwealth.
Angie Yu of Two Rivers Fisheries was the recipient of the 2017 Pacesetter Award and was made a Commonwealth Ambassador by Alison Lundergan Grimes.
Yu also received the 2013 Martha Layne Collins International Trade Excellence Award.
Yu said Two Rivers exported 2 million pounds of fish in 2016, and her goal is to double that to 4 million.
"The Chinese market for carp continues to grow," she said. The company has been running a single shift, but "When we have more fish, we'll add a second shift and be able to hire an additional six seven more employees," she said. There are currently 16 production employees working for Two Rivers Fishery.
In addition to Two Rivers doubling fish exports, a newly formed sister company, Eco Fish Products, will begin processing the fish waste that until now has been given away to a Louisiana pet food manufacturer. It will now be made into Organic Fish Fertilizer.
Yu is working on plans to expand into the back part of the building and add a loading dock. She said processing their fish waste would allow them to better utilize their facility.
There is also a Fish Market at Two Rivers Fishery that sells Buffalo Ribs and Catfish. Yu says she is about to receive her first shipment of Iceland Lump Fish this week. Yu also said she has seafood for sale in the Fish Market. Right now they have Shrimp, Clam and Alaska Salmon.
Yu said they need more fish, she said the water is high and that slows down the commercial fishermen which in turn slows down her production. She said so far this year they are getting only about half of what they got last year and they need a lot more.