Fishermen want wider nets to catch invasive carp

Commercial fishermen in Tennessee say they could help reduce the number of invasive Asian carp with a relatively minor change in fishing regulations.

This June 13, 2012, photo shows an Asian carp, jolted by an electric current from a research boat, jumping from the Illinois River near Havana, Ill. (AP Photo/John Flesher)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Commercial fishermen in Tennessee say they could help reduce the number of invasive Asian carp with a relatively minor change in fishing regulations.

The carp grow up to 50 pounds. In addition to having a voracious appetite for the same food native fish feed on, the carp have injured fishermen by jumping into boats.

The Commercial Appeal reported fisheries chief Bobby Wilson of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency calls them a gigantic problem.

Fishermen want the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission to approve nets with wider openings.

Fishermen say there's a market for the fish in China, where the flesh is considered a delicacy.

The species was accidentally released into American waters two decades ago.


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