Ky. tourney removes over 41 tons of problem fish
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A fishing tournament designed to reduce the surging population of Asian carp in two western Kentucky lakes has removed nearly 83,000 pounds of the problem fish.
Kentucky Fish and Wildlife officials say the commercial fishing competition was the first-ever to be aimed at Asian carp, which breed rapidly and have spread through the Mississippi River and its tributaries.
Fish and Wildlife spokesman Mark Marraccini says the final two-day total was short of a 200,000-pound goal, but there were plenty of successes. He says the tournament showed that a single commercial fishing team can remove 10,000 pounds of Asian carp a day from Kentucky and Barkley Lakes.
The tournament's winner was Barry Mann of Gilbertsville. His team hauled in 28,669 pounds and won a top prize of $10,000.