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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 11:32 AM 06/29/06 (CST)
I found this site. He is a pissed off fish farmer.He makes some good points about our DNR.
I thought I was making waves. This guy has a tsunami going!


Walleyes aren't for kids

One MN DNR Fisheries manager who is in direct control of stocking walleyes was heard to say that kids should not expect to catch walleyes. It should come as no surprise that this region manager actually reduced his stocking rate when the accelerated walleye stocking program started. It should also come as no surprise that Fisheries seems satisfied with mediocre walleye fishing. They explain it away by saying low sampling rates are typical for that type of lake. In other words low sampling rates are typical of lakes with poor quality fishing. Fisheries seems satisfied with that.

They continue to fight efforts to increase walleye fingerling stocking.



Fisheries deliberately misleads the public on walleye stocking

You will notice that in the past the DNR Fisheries used to tell the public the number of walleyes stocked. Then they switched to reporting stocking in pounds. There is no scientific basis for the switch. There is however a political basis for the switch. By reporting stocking rates in pounds it confuses anyone who is trying to follow the stocking issue. Walleye fingerlings can range in size from 1/3 pound to 1/50 pound. Thus the Fisheries can actually reduce the number of fish stocked even while claiming an increase. It is true that the survival of a 10" 1/3 pound fingerling is much better than a 1/50 pound fingerling. A 6" fingerling runs 15 per pound. The survival rate for that fish should be very good. Stocking fifteen 6" fingerlings would result in many more walleyes than stocking three 10" fingerlings.

Another way the Fisheries is misleading the public is by claiming that the state produces fish for less than it costs to buy privately produced fish. Recently Fisheries said they produce fish for nearly $15 per pound. Private producers typically wholesale 6" walleyes for about $.60 each. Even when you include sales tax that brings the cost of privately produced 6" walleyes to only $9.60 per pound.

I can see another attempt to mislead in the way the DNR Fisheries only stocks private fish into southern Minnesota waters. They claim the reason is “…because there is no mechanism in place that allows tracking of strains received from private growers.” I find that hard to believe because every time a fish farmer buys fish they have to report where they bought those fish. The state then has a record of the source of every farmer’s broodfish or fry purchase so it’s disingenuous for them to say they don’t know what strains they are buying.

What this arbitrary restriction really does is prevent fish farmers selling more than a token amount of fish to the state. At one time more than 95% of privately produced walleyes went to other states even while the state was reducing stocking quotas. The DNR accomplished this by denying stocking requests from lake associations and private lake owners.

If strain was really the issue the state could also provide fry of known strains to farmers to rear. The farmer could then reimburse the state with fingerlings. This would require the DNR to genuinely work with all fish farmers though and that’s unlikely.

The strain issue itself is suspect when you consider the following: The state of Minnesota has stocked walleyes throughout the state for decades with little thought of strain. Fishermen have been moving fish from one lake to the other since the invention of the 5 gallon bucket. It is also a fact that Minnesota lakes are changing rapidly in terms of fertility, fish communities and possibly temperature. No one can say that the original strain, if it still exists, is the best for any lake.

Another thing that makes me question the sincerity of Fisheries is the state lets out bids in mid-summer. This is months after fry are stocked so it is impossible to suddenly increase production enough to bid on the contract. The state should let farmers bid in mid-winter so that farmers could plan their production. Every farmer in the state should receive an invitation to bid regardless of what their relationship is with Fisheries or whether they have walleyes on their license. This might even encourage some farmers to add walleyes to their production.



Fisheries sets up the Accelerated Walleye Stocking Program for failure

The Fisheries has been instructed to buy more private fish in order to meeting accelerated walleye stocking program. But, as of April 11, 2004 the Fisheries has not contacted fish farmers to let them know about the increase in bids. Now it is too late to increase production for this fall.

I believe that this is deliberate and that Fisheries will attempt to tell the legislature and the public that the private producers are unable to supply the extra walleyes. It is dishonest for Fisheries to say that private walleye producers cannot supply fish when they don't let them know the fish are needed until it's too late. IF the Fisheries had honestly intended to buy more private fish they would have notified private fish producers months ago so that we could have planned to increase our production. Now it is too late.








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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 11:34 AM 06/29/06 (CST)
from the same site.

Investors interested in aquaculture should avoid the state of Minnesota. The hostile MN DNR Fisheries can cancel your license at any time for any reason; real or imagined.

Despite all the happy talk about how much support for aquaculture the Minnesota legislature and Governor Pawlenty sit back and allows the Fisheries to act like state sponsored thugs. Complaints about the behavior of the Fisheries get sent to the Fisheries for resolution. Then when you get an answer IF you get an answer Fisheries simply says we aren't doing anything wrong. My complaints to Governor Pawlenty, Commissioner of Natural Resources Garber, Deputy Commissioners of Natural Resources Morse 6 3 02; Holsten 4 6 03.; Director of Fisheries and Assistant Director of Fisheries Payer and Hirsch have gone unanswered. Complaints to my legislators have also been futile. I'm told that even though the harassment is obvious there is nothing that can be done short of a costly court fight. I believe that Sunlight is the best disinfectant for bad government and that is the reason for this web.

The complaint to Governor Tim Pawlenty about DNR retaliation went unanswered Pawlenty 6 5 03. I now tell potential investors in aquaculture that they should take their investment dollars to other states Pawlenty 7 9 03. Most letters I've sent to the DNR were given to the person who caused the problem in the first place. Even letters sent to Governor Ventura Ventura 11 19 2000; Ventura 2 3 02; were forwarded to the DNR. The person causing the problem would then simply restate their original letter.

Governor Pawlenty said on KKIN radio that he would have his staff look into the retaliation so at the Governors suggestion I called his office on October 10 2003 to speak with the staff person that works with the DNR. She told me that she was going to forward my complaint to the DNR to see what if anything the Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner of the DNR wanted to do about the MN DNR Fisheries violating my license. She also suggested that I sue the DNR if they were violating my license. I asked her why I should have to mortgage my home to get a state agency to obey the law but she had no answer.

As of December 25, 2005 no one from Governor Pawlenty's office or the DNR has contacted me to report the outcome of this so-called "investigation". I do not expect one.

A wise person once said that "absolute power corrupts absolutely" and the actions of the MN DNR Fisheries are proof of the truth in that quote. This Fisheries is in desperate need of adult supervision.








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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 11:35 AM 06/29/06 (CST)
No Accountability results in an out of control agency

The one thing the Fisheries Division lacks the most is accountability and this has created a division that shows little respect for the law or the public. That is evident in the endless series of illegal arbitrary and capricious decisions issued by Fisheries that violate the 14.69 Arbitrary statute. I've met with the Speaker of the House Steve Sviggum but he said that the legislature is powerless to make the DNR comply with the law. Many other legislators have told me the same thing. It's no wonder that this agency believes it has absolute power and that some top officials think they have a "license to lie".

I have filed Data Practices Act requests (Minnesota's version of the Freedom of Information Act) Garber 7 24 02. but the DNR allows the person being investigated to retrieve the files 8 13 02 Gebhard . You can imagine how ineffective that is at uncovering information. Sometimes when the DNR stonewalls that is the only option however Gebhard 3 1 03. One request cost me $38.69 per hour (1 persons wage plus 20% benefits).








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