Contact(s): Todd Kalish, Fisheries Management deputy bureau director, 608-266-5285; Brad Ray, Lake Superior team supervisor, 715-779-4036
March 26, 2019
ASHLAND, Wis. -Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff will hold a public hearing regarding a recently adopted Lake Superior commercial fishing emergency rule April 3 in Ashland.
The emergency rule is effective as of March 18, 2019, and department staff will develop the permanent rule over the next several months. An emergency rule hearing after the effective date is required by Wisconsin law.
The rule implements portions of the 2018 - 2028 Lake Superior Fishing Agreement, which is an agreement between the state of Wisconsin and the Red Cliff and Bad River bands of the Lake Superior Chippewa tribes.
The rule updates the total allowable commercial harvest for lake trout, 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 emergency rule hearing will be held Wednesday, April 3 at 6 p.m. at the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, Ashland. Members of the public may also submit comments via email to Meredith.firstname.lastname@example.org or via US mail to Department of Natural Resources, Attn: Meredith Penthorn, P.O. Box 7921, 101 S. Webster Street, Madison, WI 53707-7921 through until April 3, 2019.
"The department will consider all comments over the coming months as a permanent rule is developed," said Todd Kalish, DNR Fisheries Management deputy bureau director. "We will continue to rely on sound biological principles for managing the Lake Superior fishery as this new rule is implemented."