223 Pages of Fishing Rules Up For Comment
While we wait for a major initiative to simplify Maine’s fishing rules in 2012, the 2011 list of fishing rule changes is now up for public comment.
But prepare yourself. The changes consume 223 pages! Don't print out the list!
First, check to see if any of your favorite waters are on the list. That’s where you can have the most impact – commenting on waters you know well.
Second, look at some of the comprehensive changes that are applied statewide, to see if you agree with the direction the Fish and Wildlife Department is taking. These are harder to determine because you have to look through the entire list to figure out what they are.
You’ll notice a trend toward prohibiting the use of live fish as bait in more waters – an attempt to stop the devastating spread of new species. I expect this trend to accelerate in 2012.
With five hearings scheduled throughout the state, DIF&W is making a real effort to explain these proposals and gather opinions from Maine anglers. Typically these hearings are poorly attended. Do yourself a favor and get to one of them.
November 1, Presque Isle Inn and Convention Center
November 2, Stearns High School library, Millinocket
November 7, Ramada Inn, Ellsworth
November 8, Brunswick High School multi-purpose room
November 9, Rangeley Lakes Regional School All hearings begin at 6:30 pm. All of the proposals may be discussed at any of the five public hearings.
You may also submit written comments to Becky Orff, Inland Fisheries and wildlife, 41 State House Station, Augusta, 04330, firstname.lastname@example.org.