Environment

WXPR: Sokaogon Band opposes state emergency fishing rule





The Sokaogon Chippewa Community says it wasn't consulted about higher fishing limits for non-Indians in Wisconsin:
The state Natural Resources Board has approved an emergency rule that gives the DNR slightly more leeway in adjusting bag limits for nontribal anglers.

The DNR typically sets bag limits for nontribal anglers based on what the state’s Chippewa tribes declare, and adjusts them based on what the tribes actually harvest. The emergency rule approved Wednesday allows officials to also look at what anglers have taken so far and what they’re projected to take. The DNR says it just allows them to look at more information.

The rule applies only to this year and may only affect a small number of lakes. Chris McGeshick, chairman of the Sokaogon Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, spoke against the proposal, saying the tribe had not been part of the conversation.

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DNR to Consider Raising Bag Limits on More Lakes (WXPR 5/28)