DNR Fisheries News

DNR Fisheries News Email: wesanderd@michigan.gov Phone: 231-547-2914, ext 223. ALERT – BIG Changes for Charter Reporting start in 2018 & 2019! Listen to presentation to MCBA Board The DNR Fisheries Division charter reporting program will be going through some significant changes. Spring 2018: Rollout & Testing a new online reporting system. Spring 2018: Different reporting …

Daniel O’Keefe RECEIVES PISTIS AWARD

by Captain Eric Andersen, President The Pistis Award is given in honor of Chuck Pistis, former Michigan Sea Grant Program Director. It honors an individual or organization outside MCBA who is a defender of our Great Lakes and natural resources. This year the Michigan Charter Boat Association proudly presented the Annual Pistis Award at our …

Secrets to Allow Commercial Netters to Keep Walleye and Lake Trout

by Capt. Terry R. Walsh  A few years ago, a Michigan State University fisheries student spent an entire summer on commercial fishing boats in Saginaw Bay. His objective was to determine the amount of walleye caught as “by-catch” (non-targeted species) in commercial small mesh trap nets. The results estimated that between 23,500 and 102,000 walleye are easily killed in commercial nets during the course of a given season.

So why is the DNR even thinking of allowing commercial netters to keep five pounds of walleye “by- catch” per net each time nets are pulled when annually such a large number of walleye are killed each season? Under the proposed new law a netter with 20 or more nets listed on his license would be al- lowed up to 100 pounds per license whether or not he actually had that many nets set. If all the current licenses in Saginaw Bay were active and fished, up to 680 pounds of walleye can be kept each day the nets are lifted. Instead, the emphasis should be placed on compensating the commercial netters and removing as many small mesh trap nets as possible from the bay.

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