The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking public comments on the economic impacts of a proposed permanent rule that would require daily electronic harvest reporting for all Lake Michigan and Lake Superior charter fishers (those required to hold an outlying water sport trolling license) from July 12-26, 2022.
Charter fishing harvest reporting has been mandatory since 1976 and is vital for Great Lakes fisheries management. This electronic harvest reporting would replace the current paper reporting system, saving time and reducing errors. Accurate harvest records are important and electronic reporting would provide real-time harvest data.
An electronic reporting system was put in place in January 2022 for the DNR’s Great Lakes Fishing guide program. Here’s a sneak peek at what an electronic harvest reporting system might look like.
The DNR will accept comments on the economic impact of implementing and complying with this proposed rule until July 26. Please direct comments and questions to Meredith Penthorn at Meredith.Penthorn@wisconsin.gov.