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    Gill nets/Tennessee River
from 5keepers  
12/16/2012 9:11:55 AM



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State to enforce gill net law in Tennessee River basin

MONTGOMERY (AP) ó Alabamaís wildlife agency is clamping down on a form of fishing in north Alabama.

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources said it will begin enforcing a ban on gill nets and trammel nets in the Tennessee River basin immediately.

Both nets can be used to catch large amounts of fish by blocking off a section of a stream or waterway.

The state says the gill net ban wasnít enforced for years based on a legal interpretation that it was unconstitutional.

The Alabama attorney generalís office released an opinion on the law this week, and the wildlife agency said it will now change procedures and enforce the law.

The agency said the attorney generalís opinion said the law can be enforced in the Tennessee River area.

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   Hay Skidmark from 5keepers  12/16/2012 9:13:24 AM
You will be interested in this!

   I hope that is great news. from Skidmark  12/16/2012 10:31:34 AM
People have no idea how many thousands of mature game fish these nets wipe out. It would take nothing less than a blithering idiot to not recognize the detrimental impact to the tourism and sport fishing industry, of which far outweighs the value of commercial netting in terms of revenue.

We fought the battle for years. I told the governor's office a one point that I'd be glad to load up a bunch of the nets filled with big bass (easy to find) and haul them to the mansion on a flatbed and leave them in the front yard. They told me time and time again that the nets were not a problem for the fishery... duh!

When the bass population increased, so did the netting and the poaching. Crappie are hauled out by the freaking truck load from those nets, and sauger and especially smallmouth on the lower systems have really been slaughtered.

Whatever their reasoning may be for reviewing the law, that is great news. I hope the ban them totally. Rough fish harvest is important, but there are more selective means of doing it.

It would be great to see some progress with common sense legislation that would provide better game management in our fisheries. I still don't think the state has a real idea of what a gold mine they are sitting on. They really don't.

Thanks for that heads up 5K.

   somebody splain this from Beartrap   12/16/2012 12:57:44 PM
U.S./Mexico border runs right down middle of lake's illegal to run nets on American side but legal on mexican side and there are hundreds of gill nets on Mexican side....
the fishing is certainly equal and most people I've talked to say fishing is better on the Mexican side.....

   Gillnets are too destructive! from Brad  12/16/2012 2:03:14 PM
There is NOTHING sporting about them--all they do is facillitate a few individuals at taking an astronomically disporportionate amount of a finite resource! They should be banned EVERYWHERE!

If you want a fish, catch it the old fashioned way~

This is good news for all sportsmen that like to fish those waters!

   Omg from g2072  12/16/2012 2:13:22 PM
I actually believe something that Brad does.

   YES! they should be banned everywhere.. from Bill Hunter  12/16/2012 2:57:46 PM

   Part of the answer BT... from Funky  12/16/2012 4:33:10 PM
is certainly less fishing pressure on the Mexican side. Most people just don't go over there.

   Funky-may be true from Beartrap   12/16/2012 5:36:00 PM
although the times I've been down there,there seems to be just as many boats fishing the mexican side as the american gonna ask my friend james Bendele(Falcon Tackle) his opinion on that.....he fishes a lot plus he talks to fishermen every day and should be good source of info...

   This sounds like a good thing from Skipper  12/16/2012 6:40:37 PM
To me.

I didn't know they still allowed them in Freshwater.

   Ha, Brad can't even be consistent on this argument. from Oneeyedjack #13663 #13663  12/17/2012 11:14:42 AM
"If you want a fish, catch it the old fashioned way" - The most "old fashioned way" there is - "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind" - Matt. 13:47

Of couse, I'm against gill nets, hoop nets, and any other kinds of nets that these poachers use. I've done my part to control them. I used to keep in my boat a nice little weighted deal that had three blades that, when dragged behind an idling boat worked a job on a gill net.

   emotional subject/nets from Ralph Manns  1/7/2013 4:00:45 PM
As of the last time I looked into the scientific literature, the question still appeared to be open about the benefits and harm caused by commercial gill netting.

Gill nets kill a lot of game fish that are not authorized targets. commercial by-catch waste is a major fisheries problem. But gill nets also allow commercial anglers to remove large numbers of rough fish (carp, drum, etc.) that compete for habitat with gamefish in the same waters. the data are hard to separate/evaluate, but there is a fair possibility that the net impact on some, if not most waters, is positive in favor of game fish. This may explain why the Mexican side of Falcon seems more to provide better bassing than the American side.

However, that difference might also be explained by the fact that many bass anglers are unwilling to venture into the range of the Mexican cartels, corrupt police, etc., making the pressure on Mexican-side bass less.



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