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S.F. No. 3170 - Bait harvest from infested waters and equipment requirements modifications
Author: Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen
Prepared By: Ben Stanley, Senate Counsel (651/296-4793)
Date: March 21, 2018


Section 1 [Harvesting of Gizzard Shad in Minnesota River] adds the Minnesota River downstream of Granite Falls to the list of waters from which gizzard shad may be harvested by cast net for noncommercial personal use as bait for angling under a permit. Repeals a related statutory sunset.

Section 2 [Use of Commercial Fishing Equipment in Infested Waters] expands the types of infested waters in which commercial fishing equipment must be tagged to those that are listed because they contain invasive aquatic plants or macrophytes other than Eurasian watermilfoil. Allows removal of tags by DNR only if equipment has been decontaminated in accordance with DNR protocol and would not pose an unreasonable risk of harm to natural resources.

Section 3 [Gizzard Shad Cast Net Requirements] increases the permissible size of nets used to harvest Gizzard Shad to those having a radius of five feet from those having a diameter of seven feet. Provides that no more than two nets may be used at one time.

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