National Fisherman

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.

Read the full story at the Commercial Appeal>>

National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 11/06/14

In this episode:

NOAA report touts 2013 landings, value increases
Panama fines GM salmon company Aquabounty
Gulf council passes Reef Fish Amendment 40
Maine elver quota cut by 2,000 pounds
Offshore mussel farm would be East Coast’s first

 

Inside the Industry

Fishermen in Western Australia captured astonishing footage this week as a five-meter-long great white shark tried to steal their catch, ramming into the side of their boat.
 
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EAST SAND ISLAND, Oregon—Alexa Piggott is crawling through a dark, dusty, narrow tunnel on this 62-acre island at the mouth of the Columbia River. On the ground above her head sit thousands of seabirds. Piggott, a crew leader with Bird Research Northwest, is headed for an observation blind from which she'll be able to count them.
 
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