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07/24/2013

Fishing competition targeted at invasive species in Lake Biwa

A fishing competition, hosted by Shiga Prefectural Government, was held at Otsu Port on July 21, aimed at reducing invasive species in Lake Biwa. With 820 participants, invasive species such as black bass and bluegill were captured, which weighed 115.5 kilogram in total.

The competition also intends to do publicity on "Biwako Rule," a local ordinance which requests fishers not to release invasive species again once they catch them. In line with this policy, a sampling party was held at the venue, showcasing watermelons that grew with a fertilizer made of processed invasive fish.

Furthermore, as the Prefecture conducts "Biwako Rule for Kids," a campaign encouraging children to catch invasive fish by August 31, its registration desk was set up at the venue. The registration is still open until the number of participants exceeds 1000.

(Chunichi Shimbun, July 21, 2013)

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