SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — Anglers are expressing concern over the impact of expanded crayfish harvesting on fishing at Lake Tahoe.
Gene St. Denis of Blue Ribbon Fishing Charters says mackinaw and other trout species rely on crayfish as a major food source, and regulators' approval of four more crayfish permits will put a dent in crayfish numbers.
But Tahoe Lobster Co. owner Fred Jackson told the Tahoe Daily Tribune that crayfish harvesting will not hurt trout because there are millions of crayfish at Tahoe.
His company became the first commercial fishing operation at Tahoe since the 1930s when it began crayfish harvesting last summer.
Last month, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency's governing board approved four crayfish permits. The agency had already issued one permit, and is processing two more.
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