HITEC Outdoors is hosting a public information meeting about the Asian Carp crisis on Kentucky and Barkley Lakes Oct. 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Kentucky Dam Village Convention Center.
Kentucky Lake Tourism has seen steady declines since the discovery of Asian Carp in the lakes starting in 2008. Western Kentucky fishing tourism accounts for over $1.2 billion in revenue to the economy and the lakes area consists of $700 million of that number. But fishing tourism has drastically declined in 2019 by 75% or more on both Kentucky and Barkley Lakes.
While increased federal and state funding and resource allocations are imminent to help aid the War On Carp, we still need more to help restore the tourism and fishing at Kentucky and Barkley Lakes, according to Matt Quinn, owner of HITEC Outdoors.
Tuesday evening, Quinn will be present an idea for a new festival designed to fund initiatives that will help protect and restore the fisheries and communities which have been affected by the invasive species, Asian Carp. HITEC Outdoors encourages the public to get involved by volunteering and signing up for committees to bring the festival to fruition.