Asian carp have become one of the greatest threats facing our aquatic ecosystems. And with fishing and recreational boating generating $7.2 billion in economic output and supporting more than 27,500 jobs in Tennessee, we stand much to lose.
On February 11, Federation staff joined a panel of other experts in a congressional briefing on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. Attended by more than 30 congressional staffers, we shared Asian carp’s negative impacts in Tennessee and the critical need for continued funding.
The panel closed with a request for Congress to continue to fund Asian carp control strategies, primarily installing barriers and supporting commercial fishing.
Tennessee Wildlife Federation continues to work with partners nationwide to secure congressional support for additional funding in the next budget.
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