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TWRA says they won't enforce Corps' fishing restrictions

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The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency said it won't enforce the Army Corps of Engineers' controversial ban on fishing near dams.

Last year, the Corps announced it would start enforcing some rules that have been in place for decades.

The regulations are supposed to keep anglers from fishing below dams on the Cumberland River and in tributaries located in Tennessee and Kentucky.

The Corps says it's for the public's safety, saying it's dangerous when the water spills out of the dam.

The TWRA is supposed to be putting up buoys blocking access to those spillways to keep boats out.

However, on Tuesday, the TWRA issued a statement saying it's not going to enforce the plan to restrict boat access.

"We understand the Corps of Engineers wants our waters to be safe, and so do we," said TWRA's Ed Carter in a news release. "However, we believe that creating restrictions below dams should be condition-based and not 100 percent of the time. If there is a lot of water pouring through the spill gates, we can understand restrictions on hazardous days. Otherwise, our boating accident reports indicate anglers have a good safety record below dams, and we do not see a rational reason to prevent them from fishing there."

The TWRA argues there's no need for the restrictions, since they have a good safety record, and cite six boat-related deaths below the dams in 24 years.

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