National Fisherman

With the Asian carp population on the rise in Kentucky Lake, area fishing enthusiasts, along with city and county officials, are scrambling to find some way to avoid a complete takeover.

"We're going to find a proper process for dealing with them," Brent Greer, Henry County mayor and fisherman, said.

"Because Illinois has the money, other areas are basically letting Illinois take the lead with other areas following suit if they find aspects they can use," Jim Perry, fishing enthusiast and former executive director of Northwest Tennessee Tourism, said of research in how to deal with Asian carp.

A problem arises because much of the focus in Illinois is being put on keeping the fish out of waterways.

Those in this area are fighting a different battle since the fish are already here.

A variety of options to deal with the carp ­— many of which require a collaboration between state and area government leaders as well as commercial fishermen ­— have been suggested by experts.

"In lieu of some of the pending research ideas, the best approach to the problem is to control them by harvesting them by commercial fishing methods," said Bobby Wilson, chief of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency's fisheries division.

"It may not be the ultimate solution in the future but if something isn't done in the near future to control their numbers, it could be detrimental to the point that nothing can be done to control them."

"It has to be constant, every day, staying after it with commercial fishermen fishing Monday through Friday fifty-two weeks out of the year ... and that won't get rid of the problem but it will help to stabilize it," said Ben Duncan, an area commercial fisherman.

A drawback to this option is that someone has to pay the commercial fishermen to make it worth their while to spend their days harvesting the carp.

Read Parts 1 & 2 of the series:

Carp invasion means trouble for Kentucky Lake

Kentucky Lake's outlook may be bleak

Read the full story at the Post-Intelligencer>>

Inside the Industry

The anti-mining group Salmon Beyond Borders expressed disappointment and dismay last week at Alaska Governor Bill Walker’s announcement that he has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with B.C. Premier Christy Clark.

This came just days after his administration asked members of his newly-formed Transboundary Rivers Citizens Advisory Work Group to provide comment on a Draft Statement of Cooperation associated with Transboundary mining.


NMFS recently released a draft action plan for fish discard and release mortality science, creating a list of actions that they hope can better inform fisheries.

We know that fishermen have to deal with bycatch by discarding or releasing unwanted catch overboard, but there is a data gap regarding how those fish survive.

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