Wild Things: Natural Resources Board Approves Whitefish Emergency Rule – Door County Pulse

seven-year effort led by Northern Door commercial fisherman Charlie Henriksen is finally coming to fruition on Green Bay.Wisconsin’s seven-citizen Natural Resources Board (NRB) unanimously approved an emergency rule allowing an increased quota for whitefish this season in commercial fishing Zone 1 (Lower Green Bay) during an online meeting April 14. Henriksen, president of the Wisconsin Commercial Fisheries Association, said Department of Natural Resources (DNR) staff changes, funding issues and COVID-19 issues have delayed something that should have happened years ago.“This increase is long overdue,” Henriksen told board members via Zoom on April 14. “There’s plenty of fish for everybody, and the lake is big enough for everybody.”Brad Eggold, DNR Great Lakes District fisheries supervisor, said the rule takes a very conservative approach and requires the use of an electronic fish-reporting system – something Henriksen and other large producers have been using for several years.

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