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Bassville_Usa
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 04:48 PM 04/07/09 (CST)
Greetings currently a group of anglers active in the DNR Roundtable are looking for changes in the DNR fishing contest statute. These changes are in Senate File 1968 and House file 2213.

We need your help! We want you to call or phone your State Legislator: to find out who that is go to http://www.gis.leg.mn/mapserver/districts/

[b]Here is an overview of the modifications we are looking for[/b]

to have the permit process streamlined and put online

to have a best practices tournament fish care certification
/competency process developed

the right to park at public access’s and conduct catch and release weigh-ins on the shoreline

an exemption for contests that harvest rough fish

an exemption for contests that have less then $500 in prizes

removing the “Charitable” organization exemption loop hole

reducing the permit fees by 50%

changing the requirement of who needs to obtain a permit from its current threshold of 30 individuals or more, to 25 boats or more.

[b]to have the permit process streamlined and put online[/b]

Minnesota and Wisconsin have the same electronic license vendor and Wisconsin has their contest permits online. They are willing to share this software and it can be run on the MN DNR machines and website.

Did you know that when the MN DNR did a cost study on who was devoting time to contest permits - 51 separate DNR staff attributed time. An online system likely won’t require 51 people to operate it.

[b]to have a best practices tournament fish care certification /competency process developed [/b]

Tournament organizers and staff need to know the best practices “state of the art” methods of good fish care. A catch and release contest is only as good as it’s survival / delayed mortality outcomes. Just because they are released back into the lake doesn’t guarantee that they will live another day.

[b]the right to park at public accesses and conduct catch and release weigh-ins on the shoreline[/b]
Recreational boating and Sportfishing is growing in Minnesota; congestion and parking availability at ramps is not created just by tournament parking. These are public ramps and owned by the citizens of Minnesota, not the DNR.

[b] an exemption for contests that harvest rough fish[/b]

Especially contests that remove carp. Carp are an invasive species, now even more invasive and destructive Carp are moving up the Mississippi. Removing Carp can improve water quality, increase aquatic habitat and improve spawning areas.

[b] an exemption for contests that have less then $500 in prizes[/b]
the majority of open water fishing contests are small events and $500 is actually about twice as much as most events pay-out. A permit fee of $120 isn’t realistic.

[b]removing the “Charitable” organization exemption loop hole[/b]
It’s the way of the world, when hit with $120-400 permit fees, contests started “nesting” with 501-C3 organizations in order to avoid paying the fees. This exemption has created a whole new level of bureaucratic paperwork. What is that saying about draining the swamp?

[b]changing the requirement of who needs to obtain a permit from it’s current threshold of 30 individuals or more, to 25 boats or more. [/b]

The DNR’s belief is, if they can’t permit all sizes of events they will get complaints from lake shore associations? other anglers? cabin owners? Their feeling is that complaints were more frequent before the current statute was designed.

[b]Our experience from being in many fishing contests leads us to believe that the larger 50-100-150 boat events are more likely to draw complaints. Nothing about these modification changes the core [/b]aspects of the Statute. By trying to manage against complaints, it can result in managing against contests. Fishing contests have a positive economic benefit to Minnesota Community’s and Tourism


[b]reducing the permit fees by 50%[/b]
By raising the threshold of who needs a permit, stream lining the application process and removing the loop holes, fees can be lowered and still provide ample revenue to cover the costs.

You can to do your part to help make these modifications, contact your State Representatives, and tell them to support the Bills. A PHONE CALL, E-MAIL OR FAX IS ALL THAT’S NEEDED.

Chief Authors : Sen.Satveer.Chaudhary@senate.mn, Rep.Larry.Howes@house.mn

If you would like more information or would like to discuss this matter further, please contact Vern Wagner at Bassville_USA@hotmail.com

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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 10:36 PM 04/07/09 (CST)
This is a good thing and we need to support this bill!


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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 07:25 AM 04/08/09 (CST)
If the rules & regulations don't benefit all of us that pay for our resources then I can't agree. I just can't see any benefits for the public or the lakes in this. This is of course just my opinion.
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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 09:47 AM 04/08/09 (CST)
I also don't see this bill benefiting the resources. I see it as the contest folk looking to make things easier for themselves nothing more.

If you are organizing a 25-30 boat tournament how is a $120-400 permit fee unreasonable? If someone wants to use a picnic shelter in a park for a day that group has to pay so I don't think charging a those fees is unreasonable.

I can see some instances on some very small tournaments were a fee may hinder it bu I just don't see it being a big enough issue.

I have nothing against trounament/contests I just don't think legislation needs to be put in place to make it easier and cheaper for them. The big tournaments are the economy boosters around here and I don't see them leaving becuase of a $400 permit fee.


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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 11:20 AM 04/08/09 (CST)
nofisherman, I think you make some good points, but I'd like to point out that in 2008 the Bassmasters Weekend Series left MN, partially due to fees ($1.200.00) . But in my mind the larger picture has to do with why tournaments that flourish in other States die out in Minnesota. And to what degree: fees, permits, parking, rules, problems with lake shore associations etc. etc, all add up to their lack of success.
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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 12:53 PM 04/08/09 (CST)
I think before legislation is proposed you need to fully understand why tournaments aren't coming and how much money we are losing out on for the local economy.

Right now there is no evidence why tournaments are leaving or how we can keep them here and there is no evidence to prove how much if any money the local economy is missing out on. To me the proposed legislation is a little half baked. It needs to be flushed out more to support its claims and to support the changes it wants made.

If parking is the real issue then why cut fees?
If fees are the real problem then why worry so much about parking?

We need to undertand the issue better before trying to change the way things work.


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