NF4T Director Tyler Winter testified on January 25th, 2023 in front of the MN House in support of House File 245. This is the No Junk Fish Bill proposed by Rep. Sydney Jordan, and is a more focused version of the original bill proposed last year.
Click here to view debate on the bill as raised in the House and Tyler's testimony -
Here is an excerpt from the bill, outlining the general ask of our DNR -
"The report must include recommendations for amending Minnesota Statutes to classify fish that are native to Minnesota that are currently designated as rough fish and invasive fish currently designated as rough fish separately."
I'm happy to report that the No Junk Fish bill sailed through the committee and is slated next for approval by the Senate.
We have received very positive response from the Minnnesota DNR on both this effort and the petition from the Izaak Walton League calling for reform in how our state regulates all of our beneficial native fish. Many thanks to Rep. Jordan on her support for the conservation of our awesome native fish in Minnesota.
Stay tuned to NF4T for updates!
NF4T director Tyler Winter testifies for the No Junk Fish bill
Four of our board members have been invited to the 2023 Minnnesota DNR Roundtable being held on January 20. We are currently supporting the Izaak Walton League's petition to the DNR to update regulation verbiage and adopt bag limits for ALL species. We are working with the DNR to enact positive change in the regulation and perception of our awesome native fishes.
There will be a session titled "Respecting and protecting Minnesota's diverse native fish".
The Roundtable's list of attendees is a diverse group of folks, all of whom are there as stewards of the Natural World around us. We are looking forward to this opportunity for great and impactful discussion with our peers in Conservation.
Greater Redhorse (Moxostoma valencienesi)
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