Anglers concerned about crayfish harvest at Tahoe

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Updated: 1/12/2013 9:37 pm

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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RuenOne - 1/13/2013 4:00 PM
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they should throw all the rounded up mustangs, all the bears from our new hunting season, and maybe some coyote too in Lake Tahoe and just turn it into one giant pot of wildlife stew

Kramer - 1/13/2013 2:54 PM
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I guess the "millions sold" line, like MacDonalds, quashes any whining by fishing charters. Has anyone considered the actual biology of these aquatic species? None of them are native and the food web is outta whack anyway; there isn't much "threat" to angling because the big trout ate all the littler native fish....
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