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TENNESSEE FISH AND WILDLIFE COMMISSION
PROCLAMATION 12-19
STATEWIDE PROCLAMATION ON THE
COMMERCIAL TAKING OF FISH AND TURTLES
Pursuant to the authority granted by Title 70, Tennessee Code Annotated, and Sections 70-1206, 70-2-205, 70-4-107, and 70-4-119 thereof, the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission hereby
proclaims the following regulations pertaining to the commercial taking of fish and turtles, hereinafter
called commercial fishing.
Commercial fishing is hereby authorized in accordance with the following provisions, except
where expressly forbidden by law. All commercial fishing gear must meet the specifications and be fished
in the manner provided for in Sections I, II, Ill, IV, and Vofthis proclamation.
SECTION I. WATERS OPEN TO COMMERCIAL FISHING
For purposes of this proclamation, "river" means that body of water confined within the identifiable banks.
At high river stage, oxbows, sloughs, and backwaters accessible by boat from the river are open to
commercial fishing, but are considered private water and may be fished only with permission of the
landowner.
RIVERS
The following are open year-round to trotlines, hoop nets, tyke nets, pound nets, trap nets, gill
nets, trammel nets, slat baskets, cast nets and turtle traps unless otherwise specified.
1.
FORKED DEER RIVER- except that portion of the Middle Fork lying within the boundaries of the
Chickasaw National Wildlife Refuge.
2.
FRENCH BROAD RIVER
3.
HARPETH RIVER- fishing authorized only downstream from State Hwy. 49 Bridge, except that
!ratlines may be fished upstream of the bridge.
4.
HATCHIE RIVER
5.
HIWASSEE RIVER- fishing authorized only downstream from U.S. 11 Bridge (Charleston).
6.
HOLSTON RIVER
7.
MISSISSIPPI RIVER - except that portion from the Mississippi-Tennessee line upstream to
Mississippi River Mile 745, marked by the upper, or northern, tip of Hickman Bar, which is closed.
This closure includes McKellar Lake, the Loosahatchie River and the Wolf River Embayment
(WRM 0.0-18.9). Wardlow's Pocket and Wardlow's Pocket Chute (except those portions lying
within the boundaries of the Chickasaw National Wildlife Refuge), Heath right Pocket, Cold Creek,
Cold Creek Chute, lying within the boundaries of Anderson Tully WMA in Lauderdale County are
open; all other ponds, lakes, arms, sloughs, bayous, and pockets within the WMA are closed.
8.
NOLICHUCKY RIVER
9.
OBION RIVER
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10.
RED RIVER- fishing authorized only downstream from U.S. 41A Bridge , except that trotlines
may be fished upstream of the bridge.
11.
STONES RIVER- fishing closed from confluence with Cumberland River upstream, except that
trotlines may be fished upstream of the Cumberland River confluence.
12.
WOLF RIVER - Only the section from Germantown Bridge upstream is open to commercial
fishing. Gill nets and trammel nets are prohibited. The section upstream of Bateman Bridge in
Fayette County is open for trotlines only.
13.
CUMBERLAND RIVEf3. - As listed in Section I. RESERVOIRS except from Cordell Hull Dam
upstream is closed.
14.
TENNESSEE RIVER- As listed in Section I. RESERVOIRS.
15.
DUCK RIVER- That portion of the Duck River from its confluence with Blue Creek at approximate
DRM 13.2 downstream to the Hustburg pipeline crossing is open year-round to trotlines, hoop
nets, and slat baskets. The Duck River from DRM 4.0 downstream to the Hustburg pipeline
crossing at approximate DRM 1.4 is open to gill nets and trammel nets from December 1 through
January 15. The rest of Duck River downstream is open year-round to all legal commercial gear
types.
RESERVOIRS
Group A: The following reservoirs are open year-round unless otherwise specified to trotlines, hoop nets,
fyke nets, pound nets, trap nets, gill nets, trammel nets, slat baskets, cast nets and turtle traps.
The reservoir boundary for commercial fishing regulations is the full pool elevation unless
otherwise specified.
1.
BARKLEY
2.
CHEATHAM- Commercial fishers must contract with TWRA and abide by the contract provisions
as determined by TWRA in order to commercial fish this reservoir.
3.
CHICKAMAUGA
4.
DAVY CROCKETT (Greene County)
5.
GUNTERSVILLE
6.
JOHN SEVIER
7.
NICKAJACK
8.
PICKWICK
Group B: The following reservoirs are open year-round except for specific restrictions as listed:
1.
CHEROKEE- Trammel nets, gill nets and fyke nets are prohibited. The taking and possession
of blue catfish and paddlefish by commercial fishing methods are prohibited.
2.
DOUGLAS- Trammel nets, gill nets, fyke nets and hoop nets are prohibited above Point 14
from January through June. Trammel nets, gill nets and fyke nets are prohibited from the
mouth to the headwaters of Indian, McGuire, Muddy and Flat Creeks from October through
February.
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3.
KENTUCKY - commercial fishing gear and sport fishing trotlines are prohibited in the New
Johnsonville Steamplant Harbor and within 50 yards of the Danville Railroad Bridge dikes
(approximate TRM 78.3).
The Duck River embayment from DRM 4.0 upstream to its confluence with Blue Creek at
approximate DRM 13.2 is closed year-round to all commercial fishing gear types except
!ratlines, hoop nets, and slat baskets. The Duck River embayment from the Hustburg
pipeline crossing at approximate DRM 1.4 upstream to DRM 4.0 is closed to commercial
fishing with gill nets and trammel nets except from December 1 through January 15 each
year.
Paddlefish harvest and all entanglement type commercial fishing gear with mesh sizes
greater than 4 inches is prohibited year-round in the Big Sandy River Embayment (all
waters west of a line drawn from Pace Point to the mouth of Eagle Creek). Additionally,
unattended entanglement type commercial fishing gear is prohibited from November 25
through March 15 in waters of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Refuge located within
the Big Sandy River Embayment and in all of the waters of the West Sandy Creek Arm of
the Big Sandy River Embayment.
All commercial fishing gear except slat baskets and !ratlines is prohibited in all creeks
from 4 a.m. to 9 p.m. during the months of April and May; all commercial fishing gear is
permitted in all creeks from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. daily during the months of April and May,
except that whip sets (the driving of fish into trammel and gill nets by the use of noise and
disturbing the water) are not permitted in any creeks which have operating commercial
docks.
4.
REELFOOT- The taking of grass carp (C. idella) is prohibited.
5.
OLD HICKORY
(a) Trammel nets, gill nets, and fyke nets are prohibited from Highway 231 upstream to
Cordell Hull Dam and including the Caney Fork River.
(b) Trammel nets, gill nets, and tyke nets are prohibited from Highway 109 upstream to
231 except fishing of legal entanglement gear by whipset or trammeling method are
permitted by contract with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.
6.
FORT LOUDOUN - the possession of all species of catfish taken by commercial methods from
Fort Loudoun Dam upstream to the confluence of the French Broad and Holston rivers is
prohibited.
PRIVATE PONDS
Only Common Snapping Turtles, Chelydra serpentina serpentina, can be harvested from privately owned
ponds if the commercial fisher possesses written permission from the pond owner and all applicable
licenses and permits. Turtle traps, dip net and hand collection are the only legal commercial fishing gear
in private ponds and all other statewide regulations and reporting requirements apply.
WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREAS AND REFUGES
Pursuant to T.C.A. 70-1-101, State Wildlife Management Areas and State Refuges have been defined as
a specific land, water area or both that have been established for specific purposes relating to
management and protection of wildlife and habitat. Waters bordering a State WMA or State Refuge at
high river stage, such as oxbows, sloughs, and backwaters accessible by boat from the river or reservoir
are open to commercial fishing unless otherwise specified. No water can be accessed by dragging,
pulling or running a boat over a land barrier to another waterbody. All impoundments and sub-
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impoundments are closed to commercial fishing. For federal refuges see 50 CFR 32.62 (Tennessee) as it
may be amended from time to time.
Group A: The following is open, both land and water areas, year-round to trotlines, hoop nets, fyke nets,
pound nets, trap nets, gill nets, trammel nets, slat baskets, cast nets, turtle traps, dip net and
hand caught, unless otherwise specified.
1.
Reelfoot WMA- except that portion within the boundaries of the Reelfoot State Resort Park and
the Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge.
Group B: Listed State WMA and State Refuge water areas accessible by boat from the main river
channel are open with the following restrictions. State Refuges are closed Nov. 15- to the last
day of February to all forms of use and trespass, except fishing is permitted on the main river
channel; State WMA waters accessible by boat from the main river channel are closed November
15 to February 15.
1. Dyson Ditch Refuge - Commercial fishers must contract with TWRA and abide by the
Cheatham reservoir commercial contract provisions as determined by TWRA in
order to fish commercially.
2.
Hiwassee Refuge
3.
Old Hickory Lock 5 Refuge- Commercial fishers must contract with TWRA and abide
by the contract provisions as determined by TWRA in order to fish commercially.
a) Trammel nets, gill nets, and fyke nets are prohibited from Highway 231 upstream to
Cordell Hull Dam.
4.
Pardue Pond Refuge - Commercial fishers must contract with TWRA and abide by the
Cheatham reservoir commercial contract provisions as determined by TWRA in
order to fish commercially.
5.
Barkley WMA (Unit 2)
6. Cheatham Lake WMA- Commercial fishers must contract with TWRA and abide by the
Cheatham reservoir commercial contract provisions as determined by TWRA in
order to fish commercially.
a) The closed season does not apply to that portion of the Harpeth River downstream
from State Highway 49 Bridge.
7.
Obion RiverWMA
8.
Old Hickory WMA
(a) Trammel nets, gill nets, and fyke nets are prohibited from Highway 231
upstream to Cordell Hull Dam.
(b) Trammel nets, gill nets, and fyke nets are prohibited from Highway 109
upstream to 231 except fishing of legal entanglement gear by whipset or
trammeling method are permitted by contract with TWRA.
9.
TigrettWMA
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SECTION II. LICENSE AND PERMITS
A commercial fishing license is required by anyone engaging in or assisting anyone engaging in
commercial fishing. A commercial fisher with a valid Commercial Fishing License must be on board the
vessel while commercial fishing for fish or turtles. A commercial fisher with a valid Commercial Fishing
License and a valid Commercial Roe Fish Permit, Supplemental must be on board the vessel while any
part of a paddlefish or bowfin is harvested from the waters of the state. For the 2012-2013 license year
and each license year thereafter, the maximum number of Resident Commercial Roe Fish Permits shall
be seventy (70), the maximum number of Nonresident Commercial Roe Fish Permits shall be thirty (30),
the maximum number of Resident Commercial Turtle Permits shall be thirty five (35) and the maximum
number of Nonresident Commercial Turtle Permits shall be five (5). Any person who purchased a
Resident Commercial Roe Fish Permit between March 1, 2006, and March 31, 2006, shall have priority to
renew the permit in March, 2007, and in each succeeding March thereafter until he/she fails to renew
such permit. Any person who was issued a Commercial Turtle Permit between March 1, 2012, and
October 15, 2012, shall have priority to renew the permit in March, 2013, and in each succeeding March
thereafter until he/she fails to renew such permit. Priority status does not apply to nonresident permits. A
commercial fisher with a valid Commercial Fishing License and a valid Commercial Turtle Permit,
Supplemental must be present to commercially harvest turtles from the waters of the State. A wholesale
fish dealer must have a valid Wholesale Fish Dealer's License and a valid Wholesale Roe Fish Permit,
Supplemental to buy, hold, or sell any part of a paddlefish or bowfin.
SECTION Ill. GENERAL PROVISIONS
A.
Fish and turtles classified as endangered, threatened, or in need of management as proclaimed
by the Wildlife Resources Commission may not be taken.
B.
The following fish species may be taken and sold commercially year-round unless otherwise
restricted by this proclamation, other Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission proclamations or
rules, or Tennessee Code Annotated.
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Common Name
Paddlefish
Spotted gar
Longnose gar
Shortnose gar
Bowfin
Skipjack herring
Gizzard shad
Threadfin shad
Grass carp
Common carp
Silver carp
Bighead carp
River carpsucker
Quill back
White sucker
Smallmouth buffalo
Bigmouth buffalo
Black buffalo
Spotted sucker
Silver redhorse
Golden redhorse
Black bullhead
Yellow bullhead
Brown bullhead
Blue catfish
Scientific Name
Polyodon spathula (Walbaum)
Lepisosteus oculatus (Winchell)
Lepisosteus osseus (Linnaeus)
Lepisosteus platostomus Rafinesque
Amia calva Linnaeus
Alosa chrysochloris (Rafinesque)
Dorosoma cepedianum (Lesueur)
Dorosoma petenense (Guenther)
Ctenopharyngodon idella (Valenciennes)
Cyprinus carpio Linnaeus
Hypophthalmichthys molitrix (Valenciennes)
Hypophthalmichthys nobilis (Richardson)
Carpiodes carpio (Rafinesque)
Carpiodes cyprinus (Lesueur)
Catostomus commersoni (Lacepede)
lctiobus bubalus (Rafinesque)
lctiobus cyprinellus (Valenciennes)
lctiobus niger (Rafinesque)
Minytrema melanops (Rafinesque)
Moxostoma anisurum (Rafinesque)
Moxostoma erythrurum (Rafinesque)
Ameiurus melas (Rafinesque)
Ameiurus natalis (Lesueur)
Ameiurus nebulosus (Lesueur)
lctalurus furcatus (Lesueur)
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Channel catfish
Flathead catfish
Freshwater drum
Yellow bass
lctalurus punctatus (Rafinesque)
Pylodictis olivaris (Rafinesque)
Aplodinotus grunniens Rafinesque
Marone mississippiensis Jordan, Eigenmann
•
The taking and possession of blue catfish and paddlefish from Cherokee Reservoir by
commercial fishing methods is prohibited.
••
Paddlefish or parts thereof shall not be taken during the period from April 16 through November
14, nor shall they be possessed during this period unless they were previously taken during a
legal taking season. Those persons possessing paddlefish or parts thereof during these closed
periods must have in their possession receipts denoting pounds of flesh or eggs (or both if
applicable) in their possession, name and address of supplier/fishermen, the name of the water
body from which fish were harvested, and date of harvest or date obtained. Paddlefish must be
36 inches or larger eye to fork length to be legal for harvest from all waters except the Mississippi
River. Paddlefish must be 34 inches or larger eye to fork length to be legal for harvest from the
Mississippi River. Paddlefish less than the appropriate minimum eye to fork length limit must be
returned immediately to the water. Paddlefish may not be possessed alive away from the
harvested waters. Any paddlefish from which eggs are taken must be kept. The cutting or
mutilation of paddlefish to check for eggs is prohibited except that a stainless steel12-gauge
needle may be inserted into the abdomen between the pectoral and pelvic fins to determine the
presence of eggs. This needle and syringe device must be on board every roe fishing vessel and
kept in a sanitary manner. A 2-inch portion of ovary (including some eggs) must remain attached
to each harvested paddlefish until the fish and eggs are received by a licensed Wholesale Roe
Fish Dealer. Paddlefish eggs removed from ovaries must be kept in separate containers- eggs
from one fish only per container.
c
Only the Common Snapping Turtle, Chelydra serpentina serpentina, with a carapace (upper
shell) length of at least 12 inches, may be taken year-round and statewide without limit by any
legal commercial fishing method. Turtle size is measured as a straight line distance on top of the
turtle shell along the mid-line from the scute directly behind the turtle's head (nuchal scute), to the
base of the notch where the two most posterior scutes meet. This length is used in determining
the size category (legal or sub-legal) for reporting purposes.
D.
Only at Reelfoot Wildlife Management Area, all sizes and species of turtles except the box turtles
and those covered in Item A. above may be taken by any legal commercial fishing method.
E.
Commercial fishing gear is prohibited within 1,000 yards downstream of any TVA or Corps of
Engineers Dam, within 300 yards of any commercial boat dock or resort, or within 1DO yards of
the mouth of any stream, river, or inlet at any time. For purposes of this proclamation, wingwalls
and lock walls are considered to be a part of the "dam", and measurements will be made from
their downstream end.
F.
No catfish less than 8 inches in length may be kept alive. The commercial harvest of catfish
greater than 34 inches in length is restricted to those commercial fishers holding license types
100, 101, and 103 and may not exceed one (1) catfish per day greater than 34 inches in length.
The possession limit of catfish greater than 34 inches is two (2).
G.
Gill nets, trammel nets, turtle traps, and !ratlines must be checked at least once every 24 hour
period. Other types of commercial fishing gear must be checked at least once every 72 hour
period. Each time a gear is checked, any and all species must be removed from the net.
H.
Hoop nets, fyke nets, trap nets, and pound nets with a mesh size of one (1) inch or smaller on the
square may be fished only during the months of October, November, December, January,
February, March, and April, except the Mississippi River, which is open year-round.
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I.
A fish seine may be used in private waters and in waters which are replenished by overflows from
the Mississippi, Tennessee, Obion, Hatchie, Wolf, Loosahatchie, and Forked Deer rivers, but
which during the dry season of the year have no outlet to these rivers. Fish seines as defined in
this proclamation may be used in the dewatering areas of Kentucky Reservoir.
J.
No commercial fishing gear shall be set so as to extend more than three-quarters (3/4) across
any stream, river, chute, or embayment.
K.
Paddlefish larger than the appropriate minimum eye to fork length limit can be blocked (with the
tail remaining on the fish) prior to sale if the fish also meets the appropriate minimum block length
(as measured along side of the fish from the fork of the tail to the edge of the skin behind the gill
arch) limit. The minimum block length limit for each minimum eye to fork length limit is reported in
the table below. Blocked fish must be larger than both the minimum eye-to-fork length limit and
the minimum block length limit. Prior to sale to an in-state wholesale fish dealer's business or
prior to being marketed out-of-state, paddlefish carcasses may not be altered in such a manner
that the eye to fork length or the block length of the fish can not be determined.
If the minimum eye to fork length is:
Then the minimum block length is:
34inches
25inches
36inches
27inches
37inches
38inches
27inches
28inches
40inches
29.5 inches
L.
Commercially harvested paddlefish and sturgeon or parts thereof taken from the waters of the
state and sold in-state must be marketed to a licensed wholesale fish dealer who has a valid
Wholesale Roe Fish Permit, Supplemental.
M.
The following species may be 1) harvested by licensed commercial fishers (types 101 and 103)
for their personal use as live or dead bait; and 2) harvested by licensed Bait Dealers (types 116
or 118) for the purpose of sale in Tennessee as live bait. All regulations and reporting
requirements in this proclamation apply to commercial fishers and bait dealers who harvest these
species from the wild.
Common Name
Skipjack herring
Gizzard shad
Threadfin shad
Fathead minnow
Golden shiner
Scientific Name
Alosa chrysochloris (Rafinesque)
Dorosoma cepedianum (Lesueur)
Dorosoma petenenes (Guenether)
Pimephales promelas (Rafinesque)
Notemigonus cryso/eucas (Mitch ill)
Licensed commercial fishers and bait dealers can harvest inland silversides (Menidia beryl/ina
[Cope]) and brook silversides (Labidesthes siccu/us [Cope]) for the purpose of sale as dead bait
provided they are not possessed alive away from the waters from which they were harvested.
N.
Commercial bowfishing is defined as the act of taking fish with archery equipment for the express
purpose of harvest and sale. Archery equipment may only be used to harvest silver, bighead and
grass carp.
0.
All nets shall be marked using a buoy that ftoats on top of the water. The buoy shall be four (4)
inches by six (6) inches or larger. Each piece of commercial fishing gear, including trotlines,
fished commercially, shall bear securely fastened to the gear at the head end of the line or net or
to the ftoat, a current and valid identifying tag to be supplied by the commercial fisher. The tag
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shall measure at least one (1) inch by three (3) inches and shall have the name of the commercial
fisher along with the commercial fisher's current license number.
SECTION IV. COMMERCIAL FISHING GEAR
Legal gear types are listed below:
1.
Slat Basket
A slat basket is defined as a device used for taking of commercial fish only. Slat baskets may
have only one outside funnel opening, and may be made of wood, plastic, or cane slats or splits
which are placed lengthwise and so constructed that there must be a minimum of four openings
in the catching area, each being at least 1Y:i" wide and 6" long.
2.
Hoop Net
A barrel shaped net made of synthetic cotton, linen, or nylon, and supported by hoops. A hoop
net is also known as a barrel net, set net, funnel net, and trap net. One or more throats are
attached inside the hoop structure. Legal mesh size of hoop nets is one (1) inch or smaller or
three (3) inches or larger on the square. See Section Ill. for special restriction on 1" or smaller
sizes.
3.
Fyke Net, Trap Net and Pound Net
A fyke net, also known as a wing net, is a hoop net to which as many as three (3) wings or leads
may be attached. Trap nets or pound nets which have rectangular or box shaped traps shall also
be legal by this definition. The wings or leads are equipped with floats and sinkers, and the
webbing of the wings shall be constructed of twine not smaller than Number 7 in nylon or Number
9 in cotton or linen. The maximum length of each wing is 50 feet The legal mesh size of fyke
nets and wings or leads is one (1) inch or smaller or three (3) inches or larger on the square. See
Section Ill. for restriction on 1" or smaller sizes.
4.
Trammel Net
A trammel net is defined as a net having three (3) webs (nets) hung to a single top (float) and
bottom (lead) line. The two outside webs are called walling, and the inside web is called
webbing. The inside webbing shall have a mesh size of not less than three (3) inches on the
square. Effective April 24, 2003, webbing with square mesh greater than 4.0 and less than 6.0
inches is prohibited except on the Mississippi River where webbing with square mesh greater
than 4.0 and less than 5.0 inches is prohibited. The outside walling shall have a mesh size of not
less than six (6) inches on the square. The maximum mesh size of the outside walling shall
consist of vertical ties or hobbles on each side of the webbing at six (6) foot intervals along the
float and lead line. A net may not be hobbled to less than two thirds the height of the net.
Maximum length of a trammel net is three hundred (300) yards. Trammel nets must be fished in
a stationary manner except in the Mississippi River.
5.
Gill Net
A gill net is defined as a single net attached to float and lead lines. Gill nets must have a minimum
mesh size of 3 inches or greater. Gill nets with square mesh greater than 4.0 and less than 6.0
inches are prohibited except on the Mississippi River where square mesh greater than 4.0 and
less than 5.0 inches are prohibited with a minimum mesh size of three (3) inches on the square.
The maximum length of a gill net is three hundred (300) yards. Gill nets must be fished in a
stationary manner except in the Mississippi River.
6.
Fish Seine
A fish seine consists of a float and lead line to which netting is attached. The netting of the seine
shall be constructed of twine not smaller than Number 7 nylon or synthetic fiber or Number 9
cotton or linen. The maximum length of a fish seine is 50 feet. The mesh size of seines shall be
one quarter-inch (1/4") of larger or one-half (1/2') inch or smaller on the square. Seines must be
constantly attended, and may not be fished in a stationary manner.
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7.
Turtle Traps
A turtle trap is defined as a trap made of linen or cotton netting, wood or cane slats or strips, wire,
or other similar materials with a minimum mesh size of three (3) inches on the square. Such
traps must be constructed in a way as to permit the escape of fish through the three (3) inch
openings. Turtle traps as defined herein may only be used in waters open to commercial fishing.
Turtle traps must be set so that a portion of the catching area is positioned above the water.
8.
Cast Net
A cast net is defined as a net having a maximum radius of ten (1 0) feet and a mesh size (square
measure) of not less than one-fourth (Y.) inch and not greater than one (1) inch.
9.
Trotline
A main line with drop lines to which single hooks are attached and baited in order to catch fish.
Such drops must be at least 24 inches apart.
10.
Dip Net
A dip net is a net constructed from natural or synthetic fibers which is attached to a frame that is
attached to a pole.
11.
Hand Collection
The use of hands to capture animals, without any other apparatus.
12.
Archerv Equipment
Archery equipment is defined as a bow (longbows, recurves, compounds and crossbows) and
arrow.
SECTION V.
REPORT REQUIREMENTS
Commercial fishers and wholesale fish dealers must have a valid phone number and street address on
file with TWRA at all times. Commercial fishers and wholesale fish dealers are required to submit
monthly reports to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, except for commercial fishers with a
commercial bow license that are only required to submit an annual report as instructed. Commercial
fishers are required to provide TWRA with requested information and samples for all fish or turtles (or
parts thereof) which they harvest from Tennessee waters or import into Tennessee. Requested
information shall be reported on forms provided by TWRA and these forms must be completed within 24
hours of harvest or importation. Commercial fishers must notify TWRA on the appropriate form if they did
not harvest fish or turtles (or parts thereof) during a month. Wholesale fish dealers are required to
provide TWRA with requested information and samples for all fish or turtles (or parts thereof) which they
receive from commercial fishers, wholesale fish dealers, or nonresident equivalents. Wholesale fish
dealers must indicate the quantity of fish or turtles (or parts thereof) that they receive from a commercial
fisher on a receipt issued by the commercial fisher. Wholesale fish dealers must sign and date these
receipts within 24 hours of receiving the product. Wholesale fish dealers must satisfy the commercial
fishing reporting requirements as instructed by TWRA for nonresidents who supply them with fish or
turtles (or parts thereof) harvested out-of-state. Wholesale fish dealers must notify TWRA on the
appropriate form if they did not receive fish or turtles (or parts thereof) during a month. Commercial
fishers and wholesale fish dealers must retain a copy of all receipts and forms for a period of two years,
and make them available for inspection by TWRA. Commercial fishers and wholesale fish dealers must
contact the Fisheries Management Division within 5 days upon purchasing a license and request the
required forms.
Commercial fishers importing or exporting commercial fish or turtles (or parts thereof) into or out of
Tennessee must have bills of laden denoting the quantity of product, name and address of supplier, name
of water body from which product was harvested, and date of import/export. A copy of the bill of laden
must be in the possession of the person importing or exporting the product. Commercial fishers must
retain a copy of each bill of laden for a period of two years, and make it available for inspection by TWRA.
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Section VI.
REPEAL OF PRIOR PROCLAMATIONS
This proclamation repeals Proclamation 08-01 as amended by Proclamation 08-18, dated
December 2, 2008, Proclamation 08-16, dated November 7, 2008, Proclamation 09-02 dated April 20,
2009, Proclamation 09-21, dated December 5, 2009 and Proclamation 10-12, dated October 29, 2010.
a/dz:"LZ:Chairman
I certify that this is an accurate and complete copy of a proclamation lawfully promulgated and adopted by
the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission on the 26'" day of October, 2012.
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Secretary
Subscribed and sworn to before me this the
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My commission expires on: _ _.,5,;:-"'5-"'1"'5'------------------
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Proclamation 12-16j received and recorded this J..
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