Michigan Trout Unlimited Issues Opposition Document Regarding Continued Increase in Brook Trout Harvest Limits

For those of you who have been following this site for some time may recall our posts dating back to 2012 regarding the issue of daily creel limits for brook trout in upper peninsula streams. In 2017, we again shared the concerns stated by Michigan Trout Unlimited (MITU), and others, as the Natural Resources Commission approved the increase in daily bag limits from 5 to 10 fish for numerous upper peninsula streams.

Today, in a document submitted for public comment to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Natural Resource Commission, MITU correctly points out that both the 2017 decision and the 2018 proposal to increase daily creel limits “represent a failure to adhere to principles of the scientific fish and wildlife management (NREPA Act 451 of 1994, 324.40113a (Appendix A)), and your Michigan constitutional responsibilities to protect natural resources from impairment (MI Constitution 1963, Article IV, Section 52 (Appendix B). The remainder of this public comment document explains our concerns in detail, and it is our hope it will help you better achieve a decision process following NRC Policy 1003. We request that you review it thoroughly and vote no on this current proposal; and to remove the streams included in this regulation in November 2017 and return them to a 5 fish daily bag limit.”

We would urge all who shares these concerns to contact the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Natural Resource Commission to voice your opposition.  The entire MITU document has been linked.

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