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Old 03-13-09, 11:07 PM   #1
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Default interesting read in my local paper today.

this was in todays paper. the daily sentinel. scottsboro,al. april 13,2009.

title: TOURNEY RELEASED BASS MAY BE IN VIOLATION OF ALABAMA'S PUBLIC WATER STOCKING REGULATION


the alabama department of conservation and natural rescources' wildlife and freshwater fisheries division (wff) has recently become aware of a type of fishing tournament where rules permit anglers to fish in various water bodies and then bring their catch to a particular lake for a weigh-in ceremony where fish are caught then released alive into that body of water. For example, fish from Martin, Guntersville, Smith and Neely Henry could all be arriving at an official weigh-in site on Lay Lake where they are released following the weigh-in. Moving live fish from one lake to another is a direct violation of Alabama's public water stocking regulation.

the state of alabama's regulation of public water stocking (220-2-,129) reads:

"it shall be unlawful to intentionally stock or release any fish, mussel, snail crawfish or their embryos including bait fish into the public waters of alabama under the jurisdiction of the division of wildlife and freshwater fisheries as provided in rule 220-2,42 except those waters from which it camewithout the written permission of a designated employee of the department of conservation and natural resources authorized by the director of the division of wildlife and freshwater fisheries to issue such permit. the provisions of this rule shall not apply to the incidental release of bait into the waters during the normal process of fishing."

according to stan cook, chief of fisheries for the division of wildlife and freshwater fisheries, the regulation has been in place for many years and is intended to protect the quality and intergrity of our sport fisheries. he says, "moving fish from one reservoir to another can have a number of detrimental consequences; examples include 1) moving fish caught from lakes with consumption advisories into lakes without advisories; 2) introducing genetically inferior strains of spotted bass into our worldclass spotted bass fisheries on the coosa river; 3) introducing diseases such as the largemouth bass virus which decimated many of our bass fisheries in alabama beginning in the late 1990's; 4) diluting the genetic benfits of our florida bass stocking program; 5) INTRODUCING NON-NATIVE, POTENTIALLY HARMFUL SPECIES INTO LAKES WHERE THEY do not currently exist."

cook also pointed out that, it is important for anglers to know that these types of tournaments are not illegal; however releasing fish into a body of water other than where they were caught is illegal. if tournament organizations want to continue to offer these types of tournaments to their competitors, they are certainly free to do so as long as the fish brought in from other reservoirs are not released. these fish can be donated to a charitable organization such as an orphanage, they can be harvested and eaten by the anglers who caught them, or they can be returned by the anglers to the reservoirs from which they were caught." it is also worth nothing that fish can legally be moved from one reservoir to another only if they are transported by boat through a navigable lock.

damon abernethy, fisheries development coordinator for the division of wildlife and freshwater fisheries, says "most alabama tournament anglers are very conscious of what is necessary to ensure the health and survival of the fish they catch and weigh in during tournaments; bass anglers in particular, go to great lenghts to protect the fish that provides them with the opportunity to enjoy their most favorite pastime." abernethy also states that "anglers and tournament directors need to be aware that transporting, crowding, or handling fish when water temperatures are high (greater than 85 degrees fahrenheit) drastically increases the likelihood that they will not survive." a fish's slime coat acts as a barrier to harmful pathogens that can enter a fish's body through areas where this protective coating has been removed. diseases are more easily transferred from one fish to another when they are held in close proximity to other infected fish, such as in livewells or holding troughs.

the alabama department of conservation and natural resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of alabama's natural resources through five divisions: marine police, marine resources, state lands, state parks, and wildlife and freshwater fisheries. to learn more about adcnr visit www.outdooralabama.com.


just a little info for anyone who lives or fishes in alabama. thanks gang.
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Old 03-14-09, 12:01 AM   #2
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Thsi happens all the time here local tourneys
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Old 03-14-09, 12:08 AM   #3
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Bass tournaments pose a significant threat to bass fishing. I know that might not be a popular opinion, but having seen some poorly run tournaments in the past where I wonder if any fish survived, and realizing how much stress they put on fish which can contribute to the spread of disease, its the truth. Thats not to say tourneys are all bad, but there is such thing as a well run one and one that should not have been run at all.

The fact that the organizers of these type tournaments didnt even consider that some anglers might be breaking the law and endangering our waterways by spreading invasive species strikes me as amazing. It must be one of the bad tournaments.
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Old 03-14-09, 08:53 AM   #4
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that last part on the the invasive species is what really got me too wtl. and they didn't sa any special tourny or anything. just wanted to warn folks i think. but i am sure it happens alot.
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ummm our lakes arent close enough to do that but i know people that bring fish from the lake back to my town and dump them in ponds
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Old 03-14-09, 01:19 PM   #6
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they have a point if the fish are caught in an outside body of water and transported to a differant location to be released in a differant body of water..

now alot of tourny's here have an "impoundment" rule.. all fish must be caught in the water impounded by a single dam..

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only one way to deal with it, fish near the weigh-in
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Old 03-16-09, 08:49 PM   #8
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only one way to deal with it, fish near the weigh-in
Guess so!

That really suck bama!
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Old 03-16-09, 09:50 PM   #9
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i posted this because i wanted everyone to be aware of THEIR tournament pratices. check and see if they are transporting your local tourny fish the right way. if not, bring this to their attention. it just might save the fish we all love to catch.
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