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February 01, 2018

VT Fish & Wildlife Hosts Public Discussion Sessions on Baitfish Regulations

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is hosting several public discussion sessions on Vermont's fishing regulations. Department officials are hoping to engage anglers in a discussion and gather public opinion on the state's baitfish rules.

Vermont's most recent baitfish regulations were revised in 2012 by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board. Current regulations prohibit anglers from moving live fish from one waterbody to another, including minnows and other baitfish species. This helps reduce the risk of spreading fish diseases and aquatic invasive species, and prevents the introduction of fish species into new waterbodies.

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department and Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board began a comprehensive review of the state's baitfish regulations in the summer of 2017. The review team, consisting of Department fisheries staff and Board members, has been tasked with reviewing the baitfish regulations for potential changes.

"While the baitfish regulations have been successful at protecting the health of Vermont's wild fish populations, we hear a variety of opinions from anglers on the regulations," said Adam Miller, Vermont's fish culture operations manager. "We want to know how these regulations are affecting Vermont anglers and to hear their ideas on whether any changes are necessary. This will be a working session, with information presented on the regulation, followed by breakout groups where people will have the opportunity to share their thoughts, ideas, and experiences."

The discussion sessions will take place as follows:

February 13, 2018, 6:30pm - 9:00pm - Richmond Free Library, upstairs conference room, 201 Bridge Street, Richmond, VT

February 28, 2018, 6:30pm - 9:00pm - Lake Region Union High School, 317 Lake Region Road, Orleans, VT

A discussion session took place previously in January in Springfield, Vermont. These sessions are focused on sharing information on potential issues affecting the future health of Vermont's fisheries in relation to anglers using baitfish. The Department and Fish & Wildlife Board are looking for input from anglers and the public.

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities are available upon request. Please include a description of the accommodation you will need. Individuals making such requests must include their contact information. Please send an e-mail to penny.percival@vermont.gov or call 802-828-1294 (direct voice) or 1-800-253-0191 (TTY).

Media Contact: Adam Miller, 802-777-2852

Source: Department of Fish and Wildlife
Last Updated at: February 01, 2018 15:19:06