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In an effort to allow commercial fishermen to more aggressively pursue Asian carp, the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission approved an amendment to the commercial fishing proclamation at its March meeting, which was held Friday in Nashville.

Frank Fiss, TWRA Fisheries Division assistant chief, presented Proclamation 13-02. The amendment added black carp to the list of commercial fish species, modified commercial fishing hours on embayments of Kentucky Lake and changed gillnet mesh size regulations.

On the Mississippi River, legal mesh size will be 3 inches or larger. On other commercially open waters, legal mesh size will be 3 to 4.5 and 6 inches and larger. The changes will be effective 30 days after filed in the secretary of state's office.

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Governor Bill Walker has officially requested that the federal government declare a disaster for four Alaska regions hurt by one of the poorest pink salmon returns in decades.

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The New England Fishery Management Council recently elected Dr. John F. Quinn of Massachusetts and E. F. “Terry” Stockwell III of Maine to serve respectively as chairman and vice chairman in the year ahead. The two have led the Council since 2014 but reversed roles this year. 

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