SPRINGFIELD, Il. (AP) -- Because the Illinois harvest of paddlefish and shovelnose sturgeon has increased in recent years, the state has changed its rules on catching caviar-producing fish in order to protect their supply.
Acting director of natural resources Sam Flood said yesterday the new regulations cover paddlefish, sturgeon and bowfin. Flood said that, as of October First, all commercial fishermen intending to catch those species must purchase a commercial roe harvester's permit from the department. And anyone wanting to buy the roe commercially must also obtain a permit.
While the new rules are being implemented, all commercial shovelnose sturgeon fishing will be halted from September First to October First.