Arkansas' wild commercial fishery industry was surveyed to evaluate commercial fish products produced within the state. The total wild commercial catch for the period of 1 July 1980 to 30 June 1981 was approximately 8,680,124 kg with a value of $6,245,967. These values represent an increase of approximately 3% from the previous year. The bulk of the commercial harvest was made up of buffalo fishes (Ictiobus spp.), catfishes (Ictalurus spp), gars (Lepisosteus spp.) and carp (Cyprinus carpio). The number of commercial fishermen remained relatively unchanged from 1979-1980, with 3,843 licensed fishermen operating on the state's waterways. The number of licensed hoop nets and long lines (trot or throw lines) increased slightly, while the number of licensed long nets (gill and trammel nets) in use increased 29%.
Crawford, Tommie and Freeze, Mike
"Wild Commercial Fishery of Arkansas,"
Journal of the Arkansas Academy of Science: Vol. 36
, Article 7.
Available at: http://scholarworks.uark.edu/jaas/vol36/iss1/7