|Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) will hold its fall quarterly meeting on September 26-27 at the Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel. The hotel is located at 55 West Bay Drive in Erie.
Commission committees will meet beginning at 10 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 26, and again at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 27. Formal consideration of the agenda by the full Commission will begin at approximately 10:20 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 27. All committee meetings and the formal meeting are open to the public.
During Tuesday’s formal meeting, Commissioners will address a variety of issues, including:
A complete copy of the meeting schedule and the full agenda for the meeting can be found on the Commission’s web site at www.fishandboat.com/minutes.htm.
- The fiscal year 2012-13 budget request;
- A recommendation to enter into a non-surface use oil and gas cooperative agreement with Williams Production Appalachia for the development of oil and natural gas at the Commission’s Donegal Lake property in Donegal Township, Westmoreland County;
- Recommendations to sell property in Lackawanna County and to exchange property in Wyoming County;
- Recommendations to amend several boating regulations, including: requiring life jackets to be worn on small and unstable boats during cold weather months; clarifying the definition of sound producing devices; defining “serviceable” visual distress signals; removing no wake restrictions on Hawns Run Cove and Anderson Bay at Raystown Lake; and setting a horsepower restriction on Lake Wilhelm in Mercer County.
- A recommendation to amend regulations and extend catch and release requirements for bass into tributaries of the Susquehanna and Juniata rivers and impose a closed season for bass from May 1 to mid-June.
- A recommendation for re-establishing the fishery in Opossum Lake in Cumberland County.
The mission of the Fish and Boat Commission is to protect, conserve, and enhance the Commonwealth’s aquatic resources and provide fishing and boating opportunities. For more information about fishing and boating in Pennsylvania, please visit our website at fishandboat.com.