Please share this position paper with all of your members. This is important for the continued success of the Wisconsin Sportsmen in their quest to catch fish and support the Wisconsin Fisheries!
YES! this condition still continues today! Updated from 2012 to 2017, the recently updated subsidy amount is around $600,000 a year. That is your hunting and fishing license money being spent to patrol the commercial fishing fleet! What have they done for you lately?
2017-2018 Legislative Alert SB4 and AB31
As long as you’re reading this, there are 2 bills currently in the legislature pertaining to commercial harvest limits on Bloater Chubs. Senate Bill SB4 and Assembly Bill AB31 are almost identical and they both want to increase a temporary 350,000 pound harvest limit set by the DNR to a new level of first 1.8 million pounds and then decreased to “only” 1.6 million pounds per license year! THIS IS CONTRARY TO ALL SCIENTIFIC DATA WE HAVE HEARD FROM ALL OF THE MANAGING BODIES PERTAINING TO THE LAKE MICHIGAN FORAGE BASE! These bills need to be defeated in the name of protecting the forage base of Lake Michigan, or we may be headed to the same situation that happened in Lake Huron 10 years ago when their forage base “crashed” and most salmon and trout in their southern basin vanished! Please contact your elected Wisconsin Senator and Assembly person and tell them that this is bad legislation for Wisconsin Sport Fishing and Wisconsin Tourism!
Here is a document on the activities on the National Level by a couple of your Elected Champions of the Great Lakes Fishery!
Great Lakes Fishery Commission
Every wonder what the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, along with each individual Lake Committee, was all about? Did you ever wish you could find out more about the various situations about the forage base in Lake Michigan or Lake Huron right from the scientists who do the research and publish the results? Well, here is a link to the Commission’s website where all of that information can be accessed. Feel free to visit often to get the latest updates. Our Great Lakes are “under attack” from many different forces and not everyone is interested in protecting these wondrous resources, as history has proven time and time again! Education is a wonderful resource!