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Thursday, June 15, 2006

Less Protection For Wild Trout

The NY Department of Conservation and the PA Fish and Boat Commission have decided to allow a greater harvest of the wild trout of the Delaware River System. They have done this by extending the season where uncaring anglers can kill fish. The extension is during the spawning period for brown trout. This has been done on a river that Trout Unlimited lists as one of the top 100 trout streams in the country.

I had sent my comments opposing this rule change to the PA Fish and Boat Commission and asking for further restrictions on harvest during the public comment period prior to the rule change. The Fish and Boat Commission replied to my letter, but at the meeting of the commissioners it was stated by the commission employees in charge that no public comment was received! This is after they replied to my comments in writing!

Please contact the PA Fish and Boat Commission to voice your opposition to this rule change: PFBC Email

Also, contact the NY DEC at: fwfish@gw.dec.state.ny.us

It's time we took back our fisheries.