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Effort underway to battle Asian Carp
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In a continuing effort to help assure Kentucky and Lake Barkley reservoirs remain top fishing and boating destinations, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is partnering with the Paris-Henry County Industrial Committee to battle the invasion of Asian carp.In addition, the Tennessee General Assembly’s Asian Carp Task Force, chaired by District 75 Rep. Tim Wirgau (representing Henry, Benton and Stewart counties) recently helped acquire $75,000 to purchase equipment beneficial to cultivating the local commercial industry.Commercial fishermen harvested more than a million pounds of Asian carp in 2016, with most of these fish netted from Kentucky portions of the lake, according to the TWRA. Aware of the 2016 results, the Paris-Henry County Industrial Committee, with financial help that Rep. Wirgau worked to obtain, will meet with local businesses to identify their needs for helping the commercial Asian carp industry be even better equipped to remove carp from Kentucky and Barkley lakes. “I’m thankful to the legislative body and TWRA for their partnership and recognition that we have a problem with Asian carp,” said Rep. Wirgau. “We must address this issue and do all we can to keep our recreation and tourism alive on beautiful Kentucky Lake and the Tennessee River.