Federation Led Effort To Secure Millions for Asian Carp Fight
Asian carp are one of the largest threats facing Tennessee’s waters, fisheries, recreation, and local economies.
Tennessee Wildlife Federation has been working hard to fight the invasive species for years.
We’ve had wins along the way but this winter, our efforts paid off big! A $25 million appropriation to fight Asain carp was passed in Congress and signed by the president as part of the federal budget for fiscal year 2020.
Tennessee Wildlife Federation played a leadership role in securing this appropriation.
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The Federation brought together influential people and organizations from across the region and worked hand-in-hand with lawmakers to increase the old appropriation and make it available to Southeast states, including Tennessee.
The funding will be allocated to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the U.S. Geological Survey. Funds will go into barriers that limit the fish’s movement, contract fishing and commercial fishing incentives, and research more ways to control Asian carp.