Commission seeks comments on issues

Commission seeks comments on issues
Sunday, May 01, 2005 By Deborah Weisberg

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission decided at its quarterly meeting last week to seek public comment on a number of issues before taking a final vote later this year.

They issues include whether to require licenses for guides and charter captains in Pennsylvania, a move that would cost resident guides $100 a year and out of state guides $400 a year, to be insured, and to be certified in first aid/CPR. Another is whether to raise perch limits next year on Lake Erie to 30 a day, instead of the current 20, and to remove size limits, except in winter months, when the minimum would be seven inches.

The commission is also considering whether to restore Lake Erie walleye limits to the original six a day of more than 15 inches. The limit is currently four a day or 18 inches and was put in place two years ago when walleye numbers plummeted. The commission tabled a move to raise the age of personal watercraft operators to 16 from the current 12, and voted down a proposal to open its 19 largest lakes, currently electric-only, to gas motors. On both issues, there wasn’t strong enough public support for the change, said commission spokesman Dan Tredinnick.

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