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Laws prompt change for Red River catfish tourney

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) -- Laws restricting the transport of live fish and water across state lines in Minnesota and North Dakota have forced organizers of the annual Red River catfish tournament in the Grand Forks area to make a big change.

The Cats Incredible tournament will be anchored on the East Grand Forks, Minn., side of the Red River. Teams can no longer fish downstream on the north-flowing river from Riverside Dam, which is accessible only from the Grand Forks side of the river. Organizers also have reduced the size of the field from 150 two-person teams to 125.

The new laws on both sides of the border river are aimed at preventing the spread of invasive species such as zebra mussels.

The Grand Forks Herald reports ( ) this year's tournament is July 28-29.