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2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
January 19, 2017 - Introduced by Joint Committee for Review of Administrative
Rules
. Referred to Committee on Natural Resources and Sporting Heritage.
AB31,1,3 1An Act to amend 29.519 (1m) (b); and to create 29.519 (1m) (bm) of the statutes;
2relating to: a minimum limit on the amount of chubs that may be commercially
3harvested from the waters of Lake Michigan.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill is introduced as required by s. 227.19 (5) (g), stats., in support of the
objection of the Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules on March 3,
2016, to the promulgation of clearinghouse rule number 15-050 by the Department
of Natural Resources. The proposed rule establishes a total allowable commercial
harvest of chubs in the waters of Lake Michigan equal to 25 percent of the Lake
Michigan spawning bloater chub biomass or 350,000 pounds, whichever is greater,
for any license year. This bill prohibits DNR from establishing a limit on the
commercial harvest of chubs from the waters of Lake Michigan that is less than
1,800,000 pounds in a license year.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB31,1 4Section 1. 29.519 (1m) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB31,2,115 29.519 (1m) (b) The department may limit the number of licenses issued under
6this section and designate the areas in the outlying waters under the jurisdiction of

1this state where commercial fishing operations shall be restricted. After Except as
2provided in par. (bm), after
giving due consideration to the recommendations made
3by the commercial fishing boards under sub. (7), the department may establish
4species harvest limits and promulgate rules to establish formulas for the allocation
5of the species harvest limits among commercial fishing licensees or for the allotment
6of individual licensee catch quotas. The department may allocate the harvest limits
7among commercial fishing licensees. The department may designate the kind, size
8and amount of gear to be used in the harvest. The limitations on licenses, restricted
9fishing areas, harvests and gear shall be based on the available harvestable
10population of fish and in the wise use and conservation of the fish so as to prevent
11overexploitation.
AB31,2 12Section 2. 29.519 (1m) (bm) of the statutes is created to read:
AB31,2,1513 29.519 (1m) (bm) The department may not establish a limit on the commercial
14harvest of chubs from the waters of Lake Michigan that is less than 1,800,000 pounds
15in a license year.
AB31,2,1616 (End)
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