Clarify and update regulations to stock and tag fish

Background

There are a number of fishery practices that periodically need to be re-evaluated to see if they should modified, updated, or eliminated to properly manage and protect fish populations and the diversity of angling opportunities.

Staff is considering the following to address this issue:

  • Restrict the stocking of Blue Catfish in private and public waters statewide - DGIF approval is required to stock any species of fish into any inland waters except in privately-owned ponds and lakes. Blue Catfish have become established in several drainages and they have the potential (if established) to do severe damage to rare species in the upper TN watershed as well as others. The proposed change would restrict this species from being stocked by the public in private or public waters statewide.
  • In recent years, tagging equipment for personal use has been readily available to anglers. Specifically, anglers can purchase inexpensive "floy" tagging guns and tag fish for their individual goals. Such equipment can damage or kill fish if inserted incorrectly and tags that lack information on them can be confusing to the public and mean nothing to agency researchers. We propose that tagging not be allowed without the permission of DGIF biologists.

(posted 2/11/2014)

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