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Commission amends commercial fishing proclamation at meeting

The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission approved an amendment to the commercial fishing proclamation among business at its March meeting held Friday at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s Region II Ray Bell Building.
TWRA Assistant Fisheries Division Chief Frank Fiss presented Proclamation 13-02. The amendment added black carp to the list of commercial fish species, modified commercial fishing hours on embayments of Kentucky Lake, and changed gillnet mesh size regulations, a press release from the commission said.
On the Mississippi River, legal mesh size will be 3 inches or larger. On other commercially open waters, legal mesh size will be 3 to 4.5, and 6 inches and larger. The changes will be effective 30 days after filed in the secretary of state’s office.
He also reported on a recently-held Asian carp Tournament in Kentucky on Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley. More than 83,000 pounds of fish were removed in the two day tournament.
Chuck Yoest, TWRA Wild Hog Coordinator, provided a summary of the 2012 landowner exemption program. The exemption program exists to enable property owners to control wild hogs, according to the press release. There were 1,114 exemptions issued in 2012 to landowners across the state.
TWRA estimates that approximately 3,800 wild hogs were taken by exemption holders in 2012. Of the wild hogs taken, 38 percent were taken through trapping, 38 percent by shooting, 18 percent by other means, and 6 percent by unknown means. TWRA has received overwhelming positive feedback regarding the exemption program, Yoest said.

For the remainder of this article please see the March 26, 2013 edition of The Erwin Record.