Public meetings set for next steps in Lake Superior lake trout recovery efforts

Discussion in 'Outdoor News' started by Wisconsin DNR News, Oct 19, 2016.

  1. By Central Office October 18, 2016

    Contact(s): Terry Margenau, DNR Lake Superior fisheries supervisor, 715- 779-4035, [email protected]; Jennifer Sereno, DNR communications, 608-770-8084, [email protected]

    ASHLAND, Wis. - Two public meetings to discuss next steps in aiding recovery of lake trout populations in Lake Superior will be held by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources on October 25 at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center in Ashland and October 27 at Saxon Community Center.

    The public meetings will cover regulation options developed by DNR fisheries biologists to help lake trout numbers recover and improve the long-term sustainability of the fishery. Terry Margenau, DNR Lake Superior fisheries supervisor, said population assessments over the last six to eight years indicate that the decline in lake trout abundance is largely due to harvest. The current emergency rule expired Sept. 30 and recent surveys by the fisheries team show lake trout numbers remain well below historical averages.

    Lake trout often live more than 40 years and do not reach sexual maturity until they are eight to 10 years old. As a result, the lake trout stock must be carefully managed to address the needs of many stakeholders including commercial fishers, sport anglers and a host of associated businesses that all depend on a strong lake trout fishery in the Wisconsin waters of Lake Superior.

    "We appreciate the continued engagement of our stakeholders and their strong interest in Lake Superior lake trout," Margenau said. "The upcoming public meetings will offer opportunities to discuss a new round of options and provide fisheries managers with information needed to move forward."

    Feedback from stakeholders will help inform development of another emergency rule covering the recreational lake trout open season that runs from Dec. 1, 2016 through Sept. 30, 2017.

    The upcoming meetings will run from 6 to 8 p.m. The Oct. 25 meeting will be at the Northern Great Lakes Visitors Center, 29270 Highway G in Ashland. The Oct. 27 meeting will be at the Saxon Community Center, 2 Church St., Saxon.

    In addition to welcoming comments at the meetings, DNR will gather input through an online survey that will be announced with a deadline of Nov. 10. Citizens also may provide feedback by mailing Terry L. Margenau, Lake Superior fisheries supervisor, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, P.O. Box 589, 141 S. Third Street Bayfield, WI 54814; or emailing[email protected].

    For more information, search the DNR website, DNR.wi.gov,and search for "Lake Superior fisheries management." For more information about the Lake Superior fishery, search "fishing Lake Superior."

    Last Revised: Tuesday, October 18, 2016

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