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Ozark Waters 
Volume IX, Issue 13
March 30, 2015
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Table Rock Lake Water Quality


Beaver LakeSmart

 

James River Basin Partnership

 

Kings River Watershed

 

Illinois River Watershed Partnership

 

Elk River Watershed

 

Friends of the North Fork and White River

 

Save the Illinois River

 

 
 
 
 

 

Watershed Conservation Resource Center


Northwest Arkansas Land Trust

  

Grand Lake Watershed Alliance Foundation 

 

 


Stop invasive species! Let's eat them to death!

 

David Casaletto, Executive Director, Ozarks Water Watch

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A week ago I attended the Conservation Federation of Missouri's (CFM) Annual Convention in Jefferson City. Norm Stucky, a CFM Director, had asked me to speak at the Streams & Rivers Committee meeting. When I entered the meeting room, there was a spicy smell of chili coming from a big commercial food warmer, which was strange since it was 9 am!

Asian Carp Chili!

I soon found out what was up. Mark Morgan an associate professor in the Missouri University School of Natural Resources is working on a solution to the invasive Asian Silver Carp: convince people to eat them! And he was going to hand out samples of Asian Carp chili for everyone to try.

Asian Carp
Video of Flying Asian Carp

If you have not seen the videos of the flying Asian Carp, I have inserted one above. Silver carp is an invasive Asian fish that is displacing native species as it steadily moves up the Mississippi River and its major tributaries. If this fish enters the Great Lakes, it could disrupt a multibillion dollar fishing industry.

Asian Carp.

Eating invasive species is consistent with a broader trend of chefs around the nation creating high-end dishes to control problematic species. However, a high-end culinary approach doesn't help reduce the overall number of Asian carp because just a few people are eating them. Professor Morgan wants a much larger group of people to consume Asian carp to put a dent in the current population in the Mississippi River Basin. Asian carp are inexpensive, healthy and have much lower levels of mercury than tuna. Recently a taste test conducted at MU found consumers preferred Asian carp over other fish, including catfish.

A taste test found carp was preferred over catfish!

Currently, little market demand exists for Asian carp, which results in low prices for fishermen. Commercial fishermen haul in tons of carp bycatch when they cast their nets for more valuable fish. Yet only a few processing plants handle Asian carp. For example, Schafer Fisheries in Illinois makes kosher foods using the carp, including gefilte fish and fish hot dogs.

Minced Asian Carp.

Professor Morgan is currently expanding the consumer market to universities and other food services that cater to large populations. He is also working with a local grocery store in Columbia, Mo. to sell the fish to the public. So far, his strategy is working and the carp is selling well despite its poor image. 

Frozen carp after processing.

When people encounter carp in a prepared form and can look at it, smell it and taste it, a lot of them end up thinking "Hey, this is really good!" which is just what happened to me at the CFM committee meeting. Having carp chili for breakfast was pretty good!  

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Quote of the Week

   

"But the beauty is in the walking - we are betrayed by destinations."

~ Gwyn Thomas

 

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ANGLER CATCHES STATE-RECORD PADDLEFISH ON TABLE ROCK LAKE


 

MDC Website

March 21, 2015

 

(Editor's Note: Both this fish and the previous state record were caught near my house and boat slip on Table Rock Lake!)


 

The first paddlefish snagging trip for Andy Belobraydic III will be one he'll remember for the rest of his life. The 33-year-old Richwoods resident turned an already successful day on Table Rock Lake into an unforgettable one by snagging a state-record paddlefish Saturday. Belobraydic's behemoth weighed 140 pounds, 9 ounces; breaking the old record of 139-4 caught in 2002 at Table Rock. The fish, which was caught on the James River arm of the lake in Stone County, measured 56 inches in length and had a girth of 43 inches.

Largest fish on record ever caught in Missouri.

"I'm still sore this morning," Belobraydic said in a telephone interview Monday. Belobraydic had previously snagged non-game fish, but he had never snagged paddlefish until his friends talked him into taking a trip to Table Rock on Saturday. Before he hooked into the state-record, Belobraydic had already snagged two paddlefish. He released the second one because it was too small (Missouri fishing regulations allow anglers to keep two paddlefish). As soon as he hooked his third paddlefish of the day, he knew lack of size wasn't going to be a problem. "It felt like I hooked into a log," he said. Fifteen minutes of work finally brought the giant to the surface and when it was apparent what he had hooked, Belobraydic said one of his friends turned to him and repeated the famous line from the movie "Jaws.": "You're going to need a bigger boat."


 

To read more, Click: HERE.

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Beaver Lake master plan up for review, public comment

 

NWADG

March 23, 2015

 

ROGERS -- Zones are being redrawn on Beaver Lake as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers updates the lake's master plan. The last update was in 1976, 10 years after the 1966 completion of the Beaver Lake project and before computers. Beaver Lake drawings are being digitized as part of the new plan, said Sean Harper, Beaver Lake operations project manager. "We kind of have a clean slate in terms of looking at the project of Beaver Lake," he said. Descriptions of zones around the lake have changed since 1976, and new categories have been added. Those changes, plus missing information on some of the old maps make the new master plan a major overhaul.

A Corps website shows 1976 map classifications overlaid on the modern shoreline. Docks and mowing permits should be in the yellow low-density areas on the online map, said Dana Coburn, planning and environmental chief for the Corps Little Rock district. Some areas of shore are missing any kind of label. Many docks now are in environmentally sensitive areas, formerly known as natural areas. Those areas will have to be rezoned as part of the master plan, Harper said. There are 1,687 private docks and 670 community docks on Beaver Lake, creating 4,873 private slips, Harper said. "If they have a dock on the lake right now, they're not going to lose it," Coburn said.

The master plan will answer broad questions about what the lake should look like in 20 years, Coburn said. She oversaw the Table Rock and Bull Shoals master plan revisions. Water quality, safety and recreation were top priorities for Table Rock and Bull Shoals was water quality, environmental concerns and recreation, she said. Focus groups were called in to review draft plans that were presented in a second round of workshops before the final plan was approved, and the same process will be used at Beaver Lake.

 

To read more, Click: HERE.

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15th Annual Shoreline Cleanup On Table Rock Lake

 

March 23, 2015

 

The 15th Annual Shoreline Cleanup on Table Rock Lake is scheduled for April 4th, the first Saturday in April. Through support from volunteers over 188 tons of trash has been removed from the shores of Table Rock Lake! This has made an enormous positive impact on the water quality and beauty of this area. We need your support for the Cleanup as there is still more trash out there! So we encourage you to form a team and help us continue this volunteer-driven event. If you are unable to organize a team, please help us by encouraging a neighbor or friend to volunteer this year and pass this information on to them.



Dumpsters will be placed at Corps of Engineers campgrounds around the lake from April 3rd through April 6th. Please remember, no appliances, large metal or tires in the dumpsters, please put these items alongside the dumpster to be picked up separately for recycling. We provide gloves, trash bags, granola bars, water, tarps, Trash Tracking Sheets and maps to the dumpster locations. Plus every volunteer gets a free cleanup t-shirt! The Cleanup takes place all over the lake...anywhere along the more than 700 miles of shoreline. To volunteer call Table Rock Lake Water Quality at 417-739-4100 or email contact@trlwq.org or check out our website at trlwq.org.

To read more, Click: HERE.

  

Contact Info
OZARKS WATER WATCH                          MISSOURI OFFICE                                 ARKANSAS OFFICE

David Casaletto, President                         PO Box 636, 2 Kissee Ave., Ste. C         1200 W. Walnut, Ste. 3405
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