“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.
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