Written by Jen Finn
Yes! Yes! Yes! The state of Tennessee needs to quickly approve new regulations expanding the commercial fishing limits for Asian carp.
The slimy, invasive fish that now clog the Mississippi River waterway are both a pest and a menace to indigenous species.
The carp hoover up food that catfish and other spiny fins consume. As a result, the carp population is skyrocketing at the expense of other fish.
In the United States, Asian carp haven't made their way to the dinner table. But in Asia, the fish are consumed as a delicacy and there is evidence that commercial carp processing plants could be established along the banks of the Mississippi — provided an ample supply of the fish can be assured.
That will require changes in Tennessee's commercial fishing regulations. The daily limit on carp catches must be raised. And the permissible size of nets used to capture the fish must be enlarged so that more of the bigger, 50-pound and up carp can be harvested.
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