agrees to yellow perch cut
Green Bay Press
January 17, 2002
MADISON An influential state legislative committee
on Thursday approved a permanent cut in the amount of yellow
perch that can be harvested in the bay of Green Bay.
The Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules
voted 10-0 to make permanent a temporary rule that cut
from 25 to 10 the daily bag limit for recreational anglers
and from 200,000 pounds to 20,000 pounds the amount allowed
annually for commercial harvesting.
The rule took effect July 1 following studies showing
poor perch reproduction, far below good years in the early
Green Bay commercial fisherman Mark Maricque said he and
other fishermen question the DNRs yellow perch data-gathering
and hope upcoming DNR-funded workshops will help air out
issues affecting the fish population.
Maricque said he believes exotic fish such as white perch
and carp and cormorants are having an impact.
you can do is try and make it through the next couple
of years, he said.
not going to quit. Its like a family farm. Youve
got too much invested to just quit.
The last year of good natural reproduction was 1998, the
state Department of Natural Resources reported.
fishing has crashed, said state Sen. Robert Cowles,
R-Allouez, a committee member. Limiting the amount
to 20,000 pounds on the commercial side is hopefully a
way to come up with a sustainable situation. We dont
know if that will be enough.
The state Natural Resources Board already endorsed the
Sen. Dave Hansen, D-Green Bay, also a committee member,
called the permanent reduction understandable.
trying to stabilize things so they can find out what the
problem is, Hansen said.