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Chautauqua National WIldlife Refuge seeks comments on commercial fishing proposal

December 01, 2011 at 11:41 AM

Prairie State Outdoors

Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge near Havana is seeking public comment on a proposal to allow commercial fishing to help control Asian carp and other non-game fish in refuge waters.

Levees protecting the refuge are designed to keep water in for habitat management, not for flood control.

As a result, during times of high water on the Illinois River, refuge levees can be overtopped, allowing fish like Asian carp into the National Wildlife Refuge.

Commercial fishing would be used to help control populations of invasive fish and reduce the number of fish trapped when water levels are drawn down.

Residents living around the north pool of Lake Chautauqua complained about the smell of decomposing fish following a drawdown last summer.

The north pool of Lake Chautauqua was drained last summer to allow wetland plants to grow.

The pool was reflooded in time to give migrating birds access to seeds produced.

Removal of rough fish prior to drawing down water levels also could aid in efforts to reduce the likelihood and severity of outbreaks of avian botulism, according to Lee Albright, manager of the Illinois River National Wildlife and Fish Refuges.

The disease is caused when bacteria develop when conditions allow a protein source, low oxygen levels and warm temperatures to combine and produce a toxin.

Commercial fishing will require permits issued by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking comments to aid in determining whether or not commercial fishing is compatible with the mission of the National Wildlife Refuge system.

To comment, contact Lee Albright, Illinois River National Wildlife and Fish Refuges, 19031 E. County Road 2110 N., Havana, IL, 62644 or call 309-535-2290.

Comments are due before Dec. 23.

Anyone wishing to be informed of the final decision should contact the office headquarters at the same number.

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