Asian Carp

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says reducing the population of invasive Asian carp is the number one issue he wants to accomplish in west Kentucky this year and next.

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Lake City Fish Market is somewhat nondescript -- a metal-sided warehouse makes up the entire business, situated a few miles from Kentucky Dam.

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Multiple Chinese investors are developing a 72-acre multi-tract industrial park in Ballard County dedicated to processing Asian carp. Stakeholders, state and local leaders and international press gathered for the announcement Friday at Two Rivers Fisheries. The new International Fisheries Park will significantly expand and complement operations in and around the existing operation.

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Marshall County Commissioner Kevin Spraggs is holding a meeting in Benton next week to organize community members in the fight against Asian carp.

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This weekend, Murray State's Cinema International will feature a documentary showcasing an epidemic in your own backyard. Howard Whiteman, Ph.D., MSU professor of biology, and Moses Fritz, Ph.D., MSU professor of Spanish, visit Sounds Good to discuss the issue and upcoming screenings of DarkWater

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An invasive species that costs the federal government $1.5 billion each year is rooting and wrecking parts of Land Between the Lakes in west Kentucky.  Officials say feral hogs are a direct threat to the national recreation area’s most vital activities.

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President Donald Trump signed legislation Tuesday that would require federal agencies to develop plans to reduce or eliminate invasive species, such as Asian carp.

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The Kentucky Fish & Wildlife Commission voted Friday to move forward with a proposed emergency regulation that would allow year-round commercial fishing of Asian carp every day on Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley. A spokesperson for the commission said the proposal is expected to be made official by April.

Erica Peterson, WFPL News

   The Kentucky Fish & Wildlife Commission will meet Friday morning to consider whether to allow weekend commercial fishing of Asian carp on Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley, and the Lyon County judge executive is making a push for its approval.

 

Commercial fishing of Asian carp on the two lakes is currently only allowed on weekdays during summer months, April to September, because of past concern that recreational boats might get caught in fishing nets.

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The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission plans to discuss proposed hunting and fishing regulation changes at its spring meeting this week.

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