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FWP seeks public comment on statewide fisheries plan

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Info session slated for Bozeman tomorrow

BOZEMAN – Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is seeking public comment on a draft statewide fisheries management plan. The plan would establish goals and direction for fisheries management, habitat protection and improvement, fishing access and angling opportunities for the next six years.

Fisheries Bureau Chief Bruce Rich called the plan a “road map” that will provide guidance to the public and decision makers for each of Montana’s river drainages. He added that a key component to a long-term plan is flexibility—enough to allow for adaptive management based on changing circumstances within agreed upon sideboards.

Along with meetings around the state, Bozeman will be holding an information sharing session on Tuesday, Sept. 18 from 6 – 8:30 p.m. at Region 3 Headquarters (1400 S. 19th Ave.).

The draft plan was recently presented to the FWP Commission and a final plan, based on public comment and an environmental analysis, is planned for release later this year.

The “Draft Statewide Fisheries Management Plan” presents information on topics ranging from wild fish management to hatchery fish stocking guidelines, among other programs. It focuses on services proved by FWP as well as the history of Montana’s fisheries, management issues and concerns, and long-term goals and objectives for state fisheries programs.

Public comment is encouraged and can be submitted through Oct. 12. To review and comment on the draft plan visit FWP’s website at and click on “Statewide Fisheries Management Plan”. Comments can also be sent by mail to: Statewide Fisheries Management Plan, Montana FWP, 1420 E. 6th Ave., Helena, MT 59620.

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