Contact(s): Brad Ray, Lake Superior Fisheries Team Supervisor, 715-779-4036
June 11, 2019
ASHLAND- The public is invited to learn about how the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources manages the fisheries resources of Lake Superior, get updates about recent Lake Superior initiatives and provide thoughts and concerns about current management strategies at a public meeting in Ashland. The meeting will take place on June 25, 2019 at 6 p.m. at WITC-Ashland campus, 2100 Beaser Ave, Ashland, Wisconsin.
During this public meeting, the department will share information on how we manage this unique resource, get public input and ideas on how to most effectively engage stakeholders in current and ongoing management issues, and introduce the public to the new staff working on these issues.
Lake Superior is the largest freshwater lake in the world. Wisconsin waters of Lake Superior, its embayments, and tributaries offer diverse sport, charter and commercial fishing opportunities. The department strives to provide a healthy, sustainable environment to protect and enhance the Lake Superior fisheries for all users.
"Lake Superior supports year-round fishing opportunities that significantly contribute to the economic viability of the area," said Brad Ray, DNR Lake Superior fisheries supervisor.
Due to the significant, community-wide impacts of the Lake Superior fishery, the department actively engages diverse stakeholders to develop, implement, and evaluate management goals and activities. In July 2017, the department began work to update the Lake Superior Fisheries Management Plan and intends to release the first draft for public comment by the end of this summer.
"The goals and objectives established in the plan will guide practical management of Wisconsin's Lake Superior fisheries to benefit the state's citizens within the productive capacity of the resources. The public participated extensively in the making of the plan, so it will reflect the type of management desired for Lake Superior and its tributaries," Ray said.
In December 2018 the department signed a new Lake Superior Fishing Agreement with the Red Cliff and Bad River Bands of Lake Superior Chippewa. Originally signed in 1986, this agreement has guided harvest and designated refuges, restrictive use areas, and open fishing zones. Lake trout quotas, seasons, tagging, enforcement, home-use fishing, and information exchange are also described in the agreement.
"In addition, there have been some recent personnel changes in the staff tasked with managing this unique resource and we would like to take the opportunity to introduce the public to the new staff and provide an overview of both new and core aspects of the Lake Superior management program," Ray said.
For more information regarding Lake Superior management, contact Brad Ray at 715-779-4036 or via email at Bradley.Ray@Wisconsin.gov. To learn more about Lake Superior fishery management, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keywords "Lake Superior fisheries management."