The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will host an informational conference on Lake Superior fisheries management on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014.
DNR staff and other experts will present on the status and management of Lake Superior fish populations, habitat, and sport, charter and commercial fisheries, as well as inter-jurisdictional management issues. Participants will have an opportunity to identify and discuss issues in breakout sessions.
The event will kick off the revision process for the next 10-year plan for Lake Superior fisheries management. The current 10-year plan took effect in 2006 and expires in 2015. The new plan will be the third 10-year plan for Lake Superior fisheries management.
The 2016 fisheries management plan for the Minnesota waters of Lake Superior will be developed by the DNR with input from the Lake Superior advisory group, which represents sport and commercial fishing organizations, environmental groups, local governments and interested anglers.
The DNR will consider public input from the conference and other public meetings as priorities are set and recommendations are drafted for the next 10-year plan. When complete, the document will describe the past, present and desired future condition of the lake and identify specific management activities planned for the next decade.
There will be multiple opportunities for public review and input as the draft plan is developed over the next year. The draft 2016-2025 plan is expected to be available for public review in the fall of 2015.
source: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources