Contact(s): Brad Ray, Lake Superior fisheries team supervisor, 715-779-4036 OR Todd Kalish, fisheries management deputy bureau director, 608-266-5285
ASHLAND, Wis. -- The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will hold a public hearing to gather input on proposed permanent rules affecting Lake Superior commercial fishing regulations. The hearing will take place on Sept. 4, 2019 at 6 p.m. at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, 29270 County Highway G in Ashland.
This permanent rule follows an emergency rule that became effective in March 2019. Both rules implement the 2018-2028 Lake Superior Fishing Agreement by updating the total allowable commercial harvest for lake trout. It also revises the requirements for using and marking nets and other gear, modifies certain areas in which commercial fishing is allowed, and makes minor revisions to harvest reporting requirements and the timeframe for returning unused trout tags. The rule will not modify hook and line fishing regulations.
"By carrying out the Lake Superior Fishing Agreement, this rule will help ensure the sustainability of important Lake Superior commercial fisheries--especially lake trout and whitefish--for commercial, tribal and recreational fishers," said Brad Ray, DNR Lake Superior team supervisor.
Those unable to attend the hearing may also submit written comments on the rule and its impacts through Sept. 9, 2019 to Meredith Penthorn, DNR Bureau of Fisheries Management FH/4, PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921 or by email to Meredith.Penthorn@wisconsin.gov
For more information on the rule, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keywords "proposed permanent rules." To learn more about Lake Superior fisheries management, search keywords "Lake Superior fisheries management."