There are more than 40 commercial fishermen dedi

cated to catching Asian carp in western Kentucky. The long-term prospects offered by ex

cessive numbers of the species are what Berry and Irwin are relying on to ensure work until they retire.

Berry said: “We want a bigger boat. From what we see out there, we confidently think we can catch

anywhere from 13,000 to 23,000 kg a day with a purse seine type of net. The schools of fish are massive.”

Once a school is located, a skiff encircles it with a purse seine

net. The lead line is then pulled in to close the net, preventing fish from escaping.

“The way we are fishing now, we start the net off at the bow of the boa

t,” Berry said. “But we are missing fish because we are not going fast enough.”

He said he and Irwin are saving and plan to reinvest all their money o

n equipment. A bigger boat would also help. They have to del

iver two to three times a day because the one they use can only hold up to 1,360 kg of fish.

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