Despite well established rules about transporting invasive hitchhikers, each month more lakes and rivers are added to the list of infested water bodies. An invasive algae known as didymo (Didymosphenia geminate) has made its way into the Connecticut River in
Aquatic Invasive species (AIS), diseases, plants and even insects are creating problems across
When I’m up on Leech or Gull or the Whitefish Chain fishing a Bass tournament, I might be on the water daily three or four days before the event. On these days as I load up it is easy to give in to “Why bother crawling under the boat - since I’ll be back on the same water, same lake, same spots tomorrow morning” but it needs to become part of my routine.
Staying Alive - Staying Alive
Fishing Contest Best Management Practices
Fishing Contest Best Management Practices
In order to accomplish this, a cross section of bass, northern pike, and muskie anglers helped shape legislation that could be adopted by all fishing contest organizers. The goal is to develop a statewide gold standard for catch, hold, and release events. Passed with the help of Senator Satveer Chaudhary the best management practices (BMP) were required by the 2009 legislature. The bill states “the Commissioner shall develop a best management practices certification program for fishing contest organizers to ensure proper handling and release of fish.” The requirement is that BMP’s be developed by 3/1/2011 and address fish handling and release by both anglers and organizers.
Don't know if anyone has this on their radar yet, but I'd like to make you all aware of a great opportunity. Recently I was asked to be a committee member for the Citizens Stakeholder aspect of a 25 yr. Water Sustainability Framework plan that the legislature has funded the U of M to conduct. A big part of this is for me, is to push the Hook and Bullet folks toward the survey and listening sessions. It is confounding to me that the Clean Water folks always use photos of people fishing or swimming, yet when it comes time to fund projects, most of the money goes to impaired water rather then protecting and restoring aquatic habitat and areas that are not yet impaired. My thinking is that we as anglers and hunters have not been part of these conversations and as a result we our voices aren't heard. So there are a couple of things that the committee I'm on are trying to promote. Let your voice be heard!
The University of Minnesota’s Water Resources Center is developing a Water Sustainability Framework for the next 25 years to protect and improve Minnesota’s precious water resources. Because the state’s surface and ground waters belong to the people, we are gathering public opinion via surveys and listening sessions on a range of water issues.
Use this link (wrc.umn.edu/
While you’re on the WRC web site (wrc.umn.edu), you can learn more about the Framework, as well as sign up for regular email updates on the progress of the Framework and find out more about where Listening Sessions will be held around the state.
If you’re unable to access the survey online, call 612-624-9282 and we’ll send you a written copy.
Minnesotans will have the chance to voice their opinion in person on how the state should invest resources to protect clean water at statewide public meetings beginning Jan. 19, 2010 coordinated by the University of Minnesota’s Water Resources Center.
The meetings, called “listening sessions,” will be facilitated by staff from the Water Resources Center and Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources and are a chance for people to voice their opinions on a range of water-related issues from boating and water recreation, to priorities for cleaning up polluted lakes and streams.
St. Cloud Jan. 19 Holiday Inn and Suites 75 37th Ave. S.
Chaska Jan. 21 University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Snyder Auditorium 3675 Arboretum Dr.
Crookston Feb. 3 University of Minnesota, Crookston
Youngquist Auditorium 2900 University Dr.
Baxter/Brainerd Feb. 4 Northland Arboretum 14520 Conservation Drive
Duluth Feb. 10 Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Building
525 Lake Ave. S. 4th Floor, Large Conference Room
Rochester Feb. 11 Holiday Inn South 1630 S. Broadway
Marshall Feb. 16 Best Western Marshall Inn 1500 E. College Dr.
West St. Paul Feb. 18 Thompson Park Center-Dakota Lodge
Please feel free to forward this message to your colleagues, members, or constituents.
Many of you may not have seen the article in Outdoor News a few weeks ago about Big Pequaywan. The lakeshore owners want to block the DNR from building a public access on this body of water. They appear to be claiming that by allowing the public to have access, the public will ultimately spread invasive species such as Zebra Mussels and Eurasian Milfoil.
"Access to public water is an important part of Minnesota’s heritage and identity. Therefore, Anglers For Habitat supports the MnDNR Public Access Program and its plan for Big Pequaywan Lake. Blocking access to public waters is unacceptable.
However, a goal of Anglers for Habitat is to assist statewide programs to contain aquatic invasive species (AIS) and work to prevent new infestations by educating anglers to clean boats, live wells and trailers, to ensure that boats, sailboats, docks, lifts and all equipment used in infested waters is thoroughly cleaned. The time has come for increased vigilance and personal responsibility. Anglers For Habitat will work with anglers, pleasure boaters, Lake Associations, MnDNR and the Legislature to reduce the threat of aquatic invasive species."
Anglers for Habitat hopes to build coalitions for several purposes, including the primary purpose of preserving, protecting and improving the conditions of public waters to support healthy fish populations for perpetuity. AFH was initiated to bring together a consortium that could accomplish more as a unified voice for angling, clean water and habitat improvement, and to obtain and direct funding to that end.
The solution to slowing the spread of invasives is not blocking access, banning fisherpersons who don’t live on the lake or keeping the public out. The solution is building coalitions that can educate anglers and lakeshore owners to the “best practices” of preserving and protecting aquatic habitat and our angling heritage. While it is an old clique, it’s is all about building trust and teamwork.