|COMMISSION TAKES ACTION ON BASS FISHING TOURNAMENTS
|February 4, 2008
|Dauphin County — The
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission took action to prohibit bass fishing tournaments on the Susquehanna
River that permit the killing of black bass during its winter quarterly meeting in Harrisburg on Tuesday.
seeking public input, the Commission passed the prohibition of bass fishing tournaments on the West
Branch, North Branch and main stem of the Susquehanna River that permit the killing of black bass. This
prohibition was generated in response to angler concerns about organized events that focus on taking black bass, especially
at a time when agency biologists and bass fishermen have concerns about the relatively weak reproduction of young
smallmouth bass in parts of the river system in recent years. The amendment does not apply to tournament harvest of
species other than black bass.
In a related action, the Commission authorized funding of up to $200,000 from the Fish
Fund to conduct a study of the water quality of the Susquehanna River.
With respect to other regulatory
matters, the Commission:
the definition of boating safety education certificates and the criteria for courses of instruction
in boating safety education.
the upper limit of the slow, no-wake zone on the Allegheny River from the Fort Wayne (Norfolk Southern)
Bridge to the 9th Street Bridge.
- Approved the publication of a proposed wind power policy to address
wind energy project development and its potential to significantly impact species under the Commission’s jurisdiction
and their habitats.
a notice of proposed rulemaking establishing a special regulation for Approved Trout Waters Open
to Year-Round Fishing.
a notice of proposed rulemaking amending special regulations applicable to Lake Erie tributary streams
that provide that from 12:01 a.m. on the day after Labor Day until the first Saturday after April
11 of the following year, these streams are closed to fishing from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. on the following
day except for Walnut Creek north of Manchester Road Bridge and Elk Creek north of Route 5.
action, the Commission:
the Executive Director to allocate up to $100,000 for the decommissioning of the Big Spring State
Fish Hatchery, Cumberland County.
the acquisition of property rights along Elk Creek in Girard Township, Erie County.
- Authorized the
acquisition of property rights along Tea Creek in Brown Township, Mifflin County.
- Approved grant
monies for a number of projects.
The complete agenda, with additional background information on these
items, can be found at the Agendas & Minutes section of the Commission’s