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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 05:40 PM 03/07/07 (CST)
fisherman bait tackle shops resorts and land oweners. there is a proposed legislation that could end the supply of live bait and fish for stocking. It is House File 1188 it is written to eliminate the use of ponds for raising live bait and for raising fish for stocking. elimnate golden shinners suckers and reduce production of walleyeys and other game fish. Senate file 919 will make it imposiable for land oweners to stock fish or allow raising fish for stocking. on their own properties. So please contact your senator and represenative to voice your con cern to contact represenative call 1-800-657-3550 for senator call 1-888-234-1112
for more info go to www.leg.mn If you think this is garbage info I'am sorry for writting this. catch you on the flip side mad smiley frown smiley shocked smiley

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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 06:25 PM 03/07/07 (CST)
man this is bad news. mad smiley

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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 06:31 PM 03/07/07 (CST)
man, that would SUCK!!! i personally think that is really stupid, why would they even do that!!!!! mad smiley mad smiley mad smiley mad smiley mad smiley crazy smiley crazy smiley crazy smiley crazy smiley

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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 06:54 PM 03/07/07 (CST)
If you are concerned, I would recommend contacting your local congressman (or woman).

The House File 1188 bill...

H.F. No. 1188, as introduced - 85th Legislative Session (2007-2008) Posted on Feb 19, 2007

1.1A bill for an act
1.2relating to natural resources; providing for protection of ecological value and
1.3riparian rights in issuing aquatic farm licenses;amending Minnesota Statutes
1.42006, section 17.4984, subdivision 1.

1.6 Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 17.4984, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
1.7 Subdivision 1. License required. (a) A person or entity may not operate an aquatic
1.8farm without first obtaining an aquatic farm license from the commissioner.
1.9(b) Applications for an aquatic farm license must be made on forms provided by
1.10the commissioner.
1.11(c) The person or entity requesting a license renewal for an aquatic farm in waters
1.12of the state must submit for each body of water a management plan that is designed to
1.13ensure that the ecological value for that water for supporting waterfowl and other native
1.14aquatic wildlife will be restored to its original condition.
1.15(d) If a water body has more than one shoreline owner, the person or entity
1.16requesting a license or license renewal must fully disclose in writing plans for the body of
1.17water to each shoreline owner, obtain written permission from each owner, and submit a
1.18copy of each permission to the commissioner. The commissioner shall not take riparian
1.19rights from shoreland owners without their written permission according to this paragraph.
1.20The commissioner shall not issue or renew a license unless the written permissions
1.21required under this paragraph are received.
1.22(e) Before issuing a license renewal, the commissioner must determine that the
1.23implementation of the management plan under paragraph (c) will ensure that the
1.24ecological value of the water will be restored.
2.1(f) Before issuing a new license under this section for any water body, the
2.2commissioner must determine that the license will maintain the water body's original
2.3ecological value for supporting waterfowl and other native aquatic wildlife.
2.4(g) Licenses are valid for five years and are transferable upon notification to the
2.6(d) (h) The commissioner shall issue an aquatic farm license on payment of the
2.7required license fee under section 17.4988 and compliance with this section.
2.8(e) (i) A license issued by the commissioner is not a determination of private
2.9property rights, but is only based on a determination that the licensee does not have a
2.10significant detrimental impact on the public resource.
2.11(j) The commissioner shall not issue or renew a license to raise minnows in a
2.12water body if the water body is the subject of a protective easement or other interest
2.13in land that was acquired with funding from migratory waterfowl stamp proceeds
2.14under section 97A.075, subdivision 2, or if the water body was the subject of any other
2.15development, restoration, maintenance, or preservation project funded under section
2.1697A.075, subdivision 2.

Senate File 919...
S.F. No. 919, as introduced - 85th Legislative Session (2007-2008) Posted on Feb 14, 2007

1.1A bill for an act
1.2relating to natural resources; requiring a state trail sticker for all-terrain vehicles;
1.3changing the license year for fishing, fish house, and dark house licenses;
1.4modifying the nonresident archery deer license fee; allowing the use of scopes
1.5on muzzleloaders; establishing a moratorium on licensing new public waters
1.6for aquaculture; providing civil penalties;amending Minnesota Statutes 2006,
1.7sections 97A.411, subdivision 1; 97A.475, subdivision 3; 97B.031, subdivision
1.85; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 84.

1.11 Subdivision 1. Sticker required; fee. (a) Except as provided in paragraph (b), a
1.12person may not operate an all-terrain vehicle on a state or grant-in-aid all-terrain vehicle
1.13trail unless the all-terrain vehicle is registered for public use and an all-terrain vehicle state
1.14trail sticker is affixed to the all-terrain vehicle. The commissioner of natural resources
1.15shall issue an annual sticker upon application and payment of a $15 fee. The fee for a
1.16three-year all-terrain vehicle state trail sticker that is purchased at the time of all-terrain
1.17vehicle registration is $30. In addition to other penalties prescribed by law, a person in
1.18violation of this subdivision must purchase an annual state trail sticker for a fee of $30.
1.19Fees collected under this section, except for the issuing fee for licensing agents, shall be
1.20deposited in the state treasury and credited to the all-terrain vehicle account in the natural
1.21resources fund and, except for the electronic licensing system commission established
1.22by the commissioner under section 84.027, subdivision 15, must be used for grant-in-aid
1.23trail maintenance and easement acquisition.
1.24(b) A state trail sticker is not required under this section for:
1.25(1) an all-terrain vehicle owned by the state or a political subdivision of the state that
1.26is registered under section 84.922, subdivision 7;
2.1(2) an all-terrain vehicle that is owned and used by the United States, another state,
2.2or a political subdivision thereof that is exempt from registration under section 84.922,
2.3subdivision 1a; or
2.4(3) a person operating an all-terrain vehicle only on the portion of a trail that is
2.5owned by the person or the person's spouse, child, or parent.
2.6 Subd. 2. Placement of sticker. The state trail sticker shall be permanently affixed
2.7to either:
2.8(1) the forward half of the all-terrain vehicle directly above or below the headlight
2.9of the all-terrain vehicle;
2.10(2) above the expiration year on the top portion of the all-terrain vehicle registration
2.11validation decal; or
2.12(3) the lower right corner of a registration plate issued to a dealer or manufacturer
2.13under section 84.922, subdivision 5.
2.14 Subd. 3. License agents. The commissioner may appoint agents to issue and sell
2.15state trail stickers. The commissioner may revoke the appointment of an agent at any time.
2.16The commissioner may adopt additional rules as provided in section 97A.485, subdivision
2.1711. An agent shall observe all rules adopted by the commissioner for accounting and
2.18handling of stickers pursuant to section 97A.485, subdivision 11. An agent shall promptly
2.19deposit and remit all money received from the sale of the stickers, exclusive of the issuing
2.20fee, to the commissioner.
2.21 Subd. 4. Issuance of stickers. The commissioner and agents shall issue and sell
2.22all-terrain vehicle state trail stickers.
2.23 Subd. 5. Agent's fee. In addition to the fee for a sticker, an issuing fee of $1 per
2.24sticker shall be charged. The issuing fee may be retained by the seller of the sticker.
2.25Issuing fees for stickers issued by the commissioner shall be deposited in the all-terrain
2.26vehicle account in the natural resources fund and retained for the operation of the
2.27electronic licensing system.
2.28 Subd. 6. Duplicate state trail stickers. The commissioner and agents shall issue a
2.29duplicate sticker to persons whose sticker is lost or destroyed using the process established
2.30under section 97A.405, subdivision 3, and rules adopted under that section. The fee for a
2.31duplicate all-terrain vehicle state trail sticker is $2, with an issuing fee of 50 cents.

2.32 Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 97A.411, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
2.33 Subdivision 1. License period. (a) Except as provided in paragraphs (b), (c), and
2.34(d), a license is valid during the lawful time within the license year that the licensed
3.1activity may be performed. Except as provided in paragraph (c), a license year begins on
3.2the first day of March and ends on the last day of February.
3.3(b) A license issued under section 97A.475, subdivision 6, clause (5), 97A.475,
3.4subdivision 7 , clause (2), (3), (5), or (6), or 97A.475, subdivision 12, clause (2), is valid
3.5for the full license period even if this period extends into the next license year, provided
3.6that the license period selected by the licensee begins at the time of issuance.
3.7(c) When the last day of February falls on a Saturday, an annual resident or
3.8nonresident fish house or dark house license, including a rental fish house or dark house
3.9license, obtained for the license year covering the last day of February, is valid through
3.10Sunday, March 1 and the angling license of the fish house licensee is extended through
3.11March 1. The license year for resident fishing, nonresident fishing, resident fish house,
3.12resident dark house, and nonresident fish house is May 1 to April 30.
3.13(d) A lifetime license issued under section 97A.473 or 97A.474 is valid during the
3.14lawful time within the license year that the licensed activity may be performed for the
3.15lifetime of the licensee.

3.16 Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 97A.475, subdivision 3, is amended to read:
3.17 Subd. 3. Nonresident hunting. Fees for the following licenses, to be issued
3.18to nonresidents, are:
3.19(1) to take small game, $73;
3.20(2) to take deer with firearms, $135;
3.21(3) to take deer by archery, the greater of:
3.22(i) an amount equal to the total amount of license fees and surcharges charged to a
3.23Minnesota resident to take deer by archery in the person's state or province of residence; or
3.24(ii) $135;
3.25(4) to take bear, $195;
3.26(5) to take turkey, $73;
3.27(6) to take raccoon, bobcat, fox, or coyote, $155;
3.28(7) multizone license to take antlered deer in more than one zone, $270; and
3.29(8) to take Canada geese during a special season, $4.

3.30 Sec. 4. Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 97B.031, subdivision 5, is amended to read:
3.31 Subd. 5. Scopes; visually impaired hunters on muzzleloaders. (a)
3.32Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, the commissioner may issue a special
3.33permit, without a fee, to A person may use a muzzleloader with a scope to take deer
4.1during the muzzleloader season to a person who obtains the required licenses and who has
4.2a visual impairment. The scope may not have magnification capabilities.
4.3(b) The visual impairment must be to the extent that the applicant is unable
4.4to identify targets and the rifle sights at the same time without a scope. The visual
4.5impairment and specific conditions must be established by medical evidence verified in
4.6writing by a licensed physician, ophthalmologist, or optometrist. The commissioner
4.7may request additional information from the physician if needed to verify the applicant's
4.8eligibility for the permit.
4.9(c) A permit issued under this subdivision may be valid for up to five years, based
4.10on the permanence of the visual impairment as determined by the licensed physician,
4.11ophthalmologist, or optometrist.
4.12(d) The permit must be in the immediate possession of the permittee when hunting
4.13under the special permit.
4.14(e) The commissioner may deny, modify, suspend, or revoke a permit issued under
4.15this subdivision for cause, including a violation of the game and fish laws or rules.
4.16(f) A person who knowingly makes a false application or assists another in making
4.17a false application for a permit under this subdivision is guilty of a misdemeanor. A
4.18physician, ophthalmologist, or optometrist who fraudulently certifies to the commissioner
4.19that a person is visually impaired as described in this subdivision is guilty of a

4.23(a) The commissioner of natural resources may not license or use public waters, as
4.24defined in Minnesota Statutes, section 103G.005, subdivision 15, for aquaculture or the
4.25raising of fish that were not licensed by the commissioner of natural resources or used for
4.26that purpose by the commissioner of natural resources during the five-year period prior to
4.27April 1, 2007, except as provided in paragraph (b).
4.28(b) The commissioner of natural resources may annually authorize fish rearing in
4.29new public waters prior to December 31, 2008, if the fish rearing is conducted as part of a
4.30wetland improvement plan approved by the commissioner.
4.31(c) This section expires December 31, 2008.

By the way... the last part that I bolded was slipped in recently on top of this bill... mmmm....

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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 07:44 AM 03/08/07 (CST)
It doesn't suck if your a duck hunter! Raising minnows, non-native, in the sloughs has a definate impact on the entire eco-system in the slough. Minnows eat the bio-mass that feed the other animals. Should a minnow dealer/grower be able to farm in the public sloughs without regulation? Minnesota ships tanker loads of minnows out of state to Illinois and others because of their existing laws on raising non-native speices in wetlands due too the damage done by the non-natives. It's all about the money right now not about the health of our wetlands. DU and Delta have been looking at this for some time too insure birds migrating north have a good food supply for good reproduction.
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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 08:36 AM 03/08/07 (CST)
If I read the bill correctly it looks like they are just trying to require a license for raising minnows not eliminate it. The bill says that the applicant must submit a report on how their activities will effect the water and ecology of the area.

I don't see a problem with this, in fact it seems like a good idea. We are constantly hearing about how duck habitat has been hurt in the past years this just seems like on step toward monitoring and controling these types of activites that could hurt the ecology of an area.

I am glad people are starting to recognize that certain things we do can have an impact on the wildlife. We have to be responsible for our actions.

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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 09:01 AM 03/08/07 (CST)
The issue about raising bait in MN and shipping it out state isn't as much of an issue right now. The Fed. Govt. banned the shipment of fish across state lines because of fear of spreading the VHS virus. The virus caused fish kils in the eastern Great Lakes basin in a lot of species, including muskies, and in order to try and prevent it from spreading further there is a ban in place on shilpping live fish, including bait. There are a couple of articles on this linked below, WD you might want to hotlink them (thanks in advance). Not sure what effect the proposed law will have if its passed, but I presume some bait farmers will be forced out of business by the added regulation + loss of business.

By the way, the dumping of ballast is also thought to be the cause of zebra mussels and other exotics arriving in the Great Lakes. In order to prevent other invasives from Europe, the govt. required ocean-going freighters to dump their freshwater ballast 200 miles offshore and pick up saltwater. VHS supposedly was only a saltwater virus until 2 yrs. ago, and one can only guess it got into the lakes because someone dumped their saltwater ballast and the virus mutated. Without getting on a soapbox, it just goes to show how human activities can really alter the environment drastically.


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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 10:29 AM 03/08/07 (CST)
It seems like this is what this bill is about. Our activites are having a big impact on the water and its wildlife and this seems to be a step to insure that aquafarming impacts are monitored and plans are in place to prevent further damage.

I am not sure what the effects will be on the people doing this, maybe it will put some out of business if they can not gain permits. But honestly if the person is unable to gain a permit becuase the impact on the water would be negetive then maybe they shouldn't be in business in the first place.

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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 04:22 PM 03/20/07 (CST)
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