Asian Carp Advisory Commission Holds 2nd Meeting

Friday, April 16, 2021

The Asian Carp Advisory Commission heard a presentation on bio-acoustic fish fence, the Asian Carp Harvest Incentive Program, and established committees to address marketing and business development.

It was the second meeting for the Commission held at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s Region II Building on April 1. Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed an Executive Order in September 2020 establishing the Asian Carp Advisory Commission to study and provide advice regarding the best methods for mitigating the invasion of Asian carp into the state’s lakes and river systems. State Senator Mike Bell is serving as the Commission chair.

Dr. Teresa Lewis, director of the Midwest Fisheries Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, joined the meeting by Zoom to make a presentation on the bio-acoustic fish fence (BAFF). A BAFF sends a curtain of bubble, sound and light from the riverbed to the water surface to guide or block fish. The BAFF, part of an experimental project, was unveiled at Barkley lock in late 2019. 

TWRA Fisheries Chief Frank Fiss, who also serves on the commission, gave an introduction on the Asian Carp Harvest Incentive Program. Since it was implemented in September 2018, close to seven million pounds of Asian carp have been removed from the Tennessee and Cumberland rivers.

Rob Goad, from the Paris-Henry County Industrial Committee, was a guest to give the county’s perspective. Clay Young, of North American Caviar was also a guest to give a wholesaler fish dealer’s perspective in ACHIP. 

Near the conclusion of the meeting, a Business Development committee was formed. TWRA Assistant Director Chris Richardson, along with Advisory Commission members and Bob Deacy (TVA) and Dennis Tumlin (Department of Tourism), will serve on the committee. The Commission’s next meeting will be held in Henry County on June 24. A location and time will be announced later.


Equine Infectious Anemia Reported In West Tennessee

Bluebird Trail Grand Opening In Red Bank Scheduled For Saturday, May 8

Harrison Pro Jacob Wheeler Earns Third Career Victory On Bass Pro Tour, $100,000


The state veterinarian is alerting horse owners of cases of equine infectious anemia (EIA), a potentially fatal blood-borne illness. Two horses in Shelby County, Tn. recently tested positive ... (click for more)

White Oak Park in the City of Red Bank will be the site of the grand opening of the Tri-State Bluebird’s Society’s newest Bluebird Trail. The public is invited to attend this educational event ... (click for more)

In a crazy finish that had bass-fishing fans watching the MLF NOW! livestream on the edges of their seats, Academy pro Jacob Wheeler of Harrison, Tennessee, held off a late charge from Berkley ... (click for more)



Outdoors

Equine Infectious Anemia Reported In West Tennessee

The state veterinarian is alerting horse owners of cases of equine infectious anemia (EIA), a potentially fatal blood-borne illness. Two horses in Shelby County, Tn. recently tested positive for EIA. The stable is now under quarantine and animal health officials are testing additional horses on the premises. “EIA is a devastating illness with serious consequences,” State ... (click for more)

Bluebird Trail Grand Opening In Red Bank Scheduled For Saturday, May 8

White Oak Park in the City of Red Bank will be the site of the grand opening of the Tri-State Bluebird’s Society’s newest Bluebird Trail. The public is invited to attend this educational event scheduled for this Saturday from 11 a.m.-noon at the upper pavilion at White Oak Park. Bluebird Trails are a series of bluebird boxes installed near each other so that volunteers can ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Parent Group Calls For Mask Mandate In Schools To End Now; Opponent Says Just Wait A Few Days

A group carrying signs and shouting slogans told members of the County School Board on Thursday night they want a school mask mandate to end now. Supt. Bryan Johnson earlier said on June 1 - a couple of weeks away - staff and students are not required to wear masks to ward off the coronavirus. A leader of the protest group said, "That's not good enough. It should be parents' ... (click for more)

2 Killed, 1 Injured In Shooting Wednesday Night On Ridgeside Road

DeQuan Paris, 25, and LaRome Ridley, 20, were killed and a 29-year-old man was injured in a shooting on Ridgeside Road Wednesday evening. The two men who died are brothers. They have two other brothers. Their mother, Amanda Del “Rat” Paris, died last Dec. 3 at age 39. Chattanooga Police responded to the 3600 block of Ridgeside Road on a report of a person shot at approximately ... (click for more)

Opinion

What Is The Price Of Democracy?

Most United States citizens consider ourselves fortunate to live in a modern, mature democracy. We appreciate the great freedoms and abundant material things our democracy affords us. But while we all know the old adage that freedom is not free, neither is democracy. Our system depends on citizens’ being in ultimate control of the government through a written constitution with checks ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: That’s ‘Nonya’ Business

In the Sunday editions of the Chattanooga Times Free Press the editors will often include a feature on “fake news,” or “News That’s Not” but I don’t suspect them to include themselves in the junk report this weekend. The Chattanooga newspaper once again stumbled Thursday when they had an embarrassing lead story on the front page. The headline read, “DA accused of marrying employee, ... (click for more)