Senate Joint Resolution 13 - Introduced SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION 13 BY R. TAYLOR SENA TE JOINT RESOLUTION A Joint Resolution designating the channel catfish as the 1 official state fish for the state of Iowa. 2 WHEREAS, the channel catfish (ictalurus punctatus) is a 3 native fish to Iowa’s prairie streams and rivers inhabiting 4 all 99 counties, and is one of the most abundant fish in Iowa 5 lakes, streams, and rivers; and 6 WHEREAS, the channel catfish’s appearance is easily 7 recognizable by its slender scaleless body, deeply forked tail, 8 fleshy whiskers, and sharp spines; and 9 WHEREAS, the channel catfish can be caught with a wide 10 variety of tackle, most of which is inexpensive and available 11 to all anglers; and 12 WHEREAS, the channel catfish is excellent table fare, with 13 Iowa anglers reporting that they eat catfish more often than 14 any other sport fish; and 15 WHEREAS, more Iowans participate in sport fishing than any 16 other outdoor recreational sport with approximately 500,000 17 anglers spending approximately $300 million annually and 18 generating $1.2 billion in economic activity; and 19 WHEREAS, the channel catfish is the most preferred fish 20 among Iowa anglers, reaching trophy size above 30 pounds and 21 providing pole-bending action, with over 4 million caught 22 annually; and 23 WHEREAS, the channel catfish is an important fish to 24 Mississippi River commercial fishers with approximately 25 400,000 pounds of channel catfish marketed each year from the 26 river; NOW THEREFORE, 27 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 28 TLSB 2281XS (2) 88 js/rn
S.J.R. 13 Section 1. STATE FISH DESIGNATED. The channel catfish 1 (ictalurus punctatus) is designated and shall be officially 2 known as the state fish of Iowa. 3 Sec. 2. APPROPRIATE REPRESENTATIONS. The director of 4 the Department of Cultural Affairs shall obtain appropriate 5 pictures and other representations of the channel catfish 6 and shall display the pictures and representations in an 7 appropriate place in the state historical museum. 8 Sec. 3. OFFICIAL REGISTER. The editor of the Iowa official 9 register shall include an appropriate picture and commentary of 10 the channel catfish in the Iowa official register, along with 11 the pictures of the state rock, state flower, state bird, and 12 state tree. 13 EXPLANATION 14 The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with 15 the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly. 16 This joint resolution designates the channel catfish as the 17 official state fish of Iowa. The director of the department of 18 cultural affairs shall obtain pictures and other appropriate 19 representations of the state fish and display the pictures and 20 information in the state historical museum. The editor of the 21 Iowa official register shall include a picture of the state 22 fish along with pictures of the state rock, state flower, state 23 bird, and state tree. 24 -1- LSB 2281XS (2) 88 js/rn 1/ 1