Asian carp spreading through Tenn. waters

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Wildlife officials say Asian carp that can weigh up to 50 pounds and jump into the air when disturbed have shown up in the Cumberland River as far upstream as Cheatham Dam in Ashland City.

The Tennessean reports the spread of the fish, commonly called silver carp, has fisherman concerned because they can breed quickly and threaten to eat food that bass, crappie, paddlefish and the state's other native species depend on.

Bill Reeves, chief of TWRA's fisheries division, said they don't know if the fish will start spawning and filling up Kentucky Lake, which runs from Kentucky to Pickwick Dam south of Savannah, Tenn., and is part of the Tennessee River.

If the fish can't be controlled, they could jeopardize the state's $1.3 billion sports and commercial fishing industries.

Information from: The Tennessean,


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