Senate Joint Resolution 6 - Introduced SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION 6 BY BOULTON and REICHMAN 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; and 27 WHEREAS, former Senator Eugene S. “Gene” Fraise, who 28 passed away on November 27, 2020, served in the Iowa Senate 29 for 27 years after having served on the Lee County Board of 30 Supervisors for 7 years; and 31 TLSB 1387XS (3) 89 js/rn
Senate Joint Resolution 6 - Introduced WHEREAS, during Senator Fraise’s time in office, he 32 advocated for the channel catfish to be designated the 33 official state fish due to its long history in the state 34 and the economic impact the fish has on Iowa’s aquaculture 35 industry; NOW THEREFORE, 36 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 37 TLSB 1387XS (3) 89 js/rn
S.J.R. 6 Section 1. STATE FISH DESIGNATED. The channel catfish 1 (ictalurus punctatus) is designated and shall be officially 2 known as the Eugene S. Fraise memorial 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 Eugene S. Fraise memorial state fish of Iowa. The 18 director of the department of cultural affairs shall obtain 19 pictures and other appropriate representations of the state 20 fish and display the pictures and information in the state 21 historical museum. The editor of the Iowa official register 22 shall include a picture of the state fish along with pictures 23 of the state rock, state flower, state bird, and state tree. 24 -1- LSB 1387XS (3) 89 js/rn 1/ 1