NANFA-- Arkansas baitfish code

Christopher Scharpf (
Wed, 18 Dec 2002 21:28:41 -0400

> However, a quick run through the material made me realize a couple of
> problems. First, on the last page under the heading "Note" it says, "If you
> have a fish that has grown too large, you can return that fish to the water
> from which it came." There's an obvious problem with this statement and maybe
> someone should point it out to them. Maybe even an official request from
> NANFA to remove the offending sentence.

Arkansas' baitfish code has just been revised. I just received an advance
copy from NANFA member Brian Wagner. According to the code...

"It shall be unlawful to release any native or non-native fish species
aquatic wildlife, including their eggs, into the public waters of the State
of Arkansas or for any state, country or province without the written
permission of the Chief of Fisheries, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. ...
EXCEPTION: (1) Native baitfish aquatic species may be released into the
waters from which they were taken."

Baitfish are defined as "Minnows (including bluntnose minnows, bullhead
minnows, chubs, crayfish, dace, fatheads, common carp under 6 inches, small
goldfish, shiners, and stonerollers), logperch (also called sand pike or
zebra minnows), shad, gar (other than alligator gar), drum, bowfin under 6
inches, skipjack herring, silversides (brook and inland), buffalo (bigmouth,
smallmouth, and black), river carpsucker, sculpin (banded and Ozark) and
bream 4" and under."

Bream are defined as "Any species of a the genus Lepomis to include
including bluegill, redear, warmouth, or and other sunfish."

So, the "offending sentence" is entrenched in Arkansas law.

Chris Scharpf
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