The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) invites members of the public to attend a virtual meeting on June 29 to hear how Lake Superior’s unique resources are being managed.
At this meeting, the DNR will share information with stakeholders on the data collected from the commercial fishery and provide updates on new rules, such as the changes in commercial and guide reporting. The DNR hopes this meeting will help improve communication about fishery resources, stakeholder desires and preferences, and improve the implementation of the Lake Superior Fisheries Management Plan.
Management of the commercial fishery is an important component of Lake Superior fisheries management, and the DNR is in the process of converting to electronic harvest reports from fishers. The DNR has also recently created a new commercial harvest summary report format and is planning on sharing this information with Lake Superior stakeholders on June 29.
The DNR currently requires biweekly harvest reports from commercial operators on Lake Superior and is working to require more frequent and efficient reporting of commercial operations. Additionally, the DNR has been working on a rule for enhanced guide reporting that would improve harvest monitoring in conjunction with other harvest reports from commercial and charter operations.
While these will be the primary topics discussed, the DNR will offer an opportunity for participants to give input on any fisheries management topic of interest regarding Lake Superior and its tributaries.