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Bill Looks to Reel In Michigan DNR on Commercial Fishing Rule Making

Michigan State Capital

Senate Bill 251 would amend the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act to restrict the DNR’s authority to issue Fisheries Orders to manage the Michigan licensed commercial fishery.

Michigan DNR Shuts Down Commercial Fishing in 2021

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The Michigan Fish Producers Association representing the few commercial fishermen that remain in Michigan is suing the state’s Department of Natural Resources over changes to industry rules. Commercial fishermen were informed by the Michigan DNR that the agency did not renew commercial fishing licenses for 2021.

Michigan House Passes Bill Damaging to Commercial Fishing, Faceoff Coming in Senate

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The Michigan House passed a trio of related bills that will cease all commercial perch fishing on the state’s Great Lakes. The “Trio” also continues to ban the taking of walleye and lake trout by the remaining 13 commercial fishing companies left in Michigan. The next step will be a vote in the Senate where it will face a competing bill that is less damaging to Michigan commercial fishing