TWRA gives away nets to control Asian carp

Commercial fishermen Ray Self and Billy Roberson receive their 15 TWRA-supplied gillnets. (TWRA Photo)

As part of a larger concerted effort by multiple state and federal agencies in the Ohio River Basin, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has developed an Asian Carp Harvest Incentive Program (ACHIP).

Asian carp are an exotic species introduced and are spreading throughout the Mississippi River drainage system. As part of the new ACHIP program and while supplies last, commercial fisherman enrolled in ACHIP shall receive a one-time distribution of 15 TWRA-supplied gillnets from a contracted Wholesale Fish Dealer. A subsequent offering of TWRA-supplied gillnets will be distributed to commercial fisherman enrolled in ACHIP who harvest no less than 60,000 pounds in a 6-month period.

The ACHIP program was implemented on Sept. 18, 2018 and already through the month of November has reimbursed ACHIP-contracted wholesale fish dealers for 262,333 pounds of Asian carp.

Asian carp are showing up in large numbers in Kentucky Lake in West Tennessee, Barkley & Old Hiskory Lakes on the Cumberland River system and some tributaries. So far the exotic fish have not progress in large numbers farther up the Tennessee River.

Silver Carp are notorious for jumping out of the water as high as eight feet when disturbed. That can be a problem for boaters and anyone out on the water during the warmer months. Not only does it pose as a threat to humans, but also to the ecosystem.

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