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SF 3170

as introduced - 90th Legislature (2017 - 2018) Posted on 05/16/2018 08:37am

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A bill for an act
relating to game and fish; modifying bait and equipment requirements for infested
waters;amending Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 97C.345, subdivision 3a;
Minnesota Statutes 2017 Supplement, section 84D.03, subdivisions 3, 4.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2017 Supplement, section 84D.03, subdivision 3, is amended
to read:


Subd. 3.

Bait harvest from infested waters.

(a) Taking wild animals from infested
waters for bait or aquatic farm purposes is prohibited except as provided in paragraph (b),
(c), or (d) and section 97C.341.

(b) In waters that are listed as infested waters, except those listed as infested with
prohibited invasive species of fish or certifiable diseases of fish, as defined under section
17.4982, subdivision 6, taking wild animals may be permitted for:

(1) commercial taking of wild animals for bait and aquatic farm purposes as provided
in a permit issued under section 84D.11, subject to rules adopted by the commissioner; and

(2) bait purposes for noncommercial personal use in waters that contain Eurasian
watermilfoil, when the infested waters are listed solely because they contain Eurasian
watermilfoil and if the equipment for taking is limited to cylindrical minnow traps not
exceeding 16 inches in diameter and 32 inches in length.

(c) In streams or rivers that are listed as infested waters, except those listed as infested
with certifiable diseases of fish, as defined under section 17.4982, subdivision 6, the harvest
of bullheads, goldeyes, mooneyes, sheepshead (freshwater drum), and suckers for bait by
hook and line for noncommercial personal use is allowed as follows:

(1) fish taken under this paragraph must be used on the same body of water where caught
and while still on that water body. Where the river or stream is divided by barriers such as
dams, the fish must be caught and used on the same section of the river or stream;

(2) fish taken under this paragraph may not be transported live from or off the water
body;

(3) fish harvested under this paragraph may only be used in accordance with this section;

(4) any other use of wild animals used for bait from infested waters is prohibited;

(5) fish taken under this paragraph must meet all other size restrictions and requirements
as established in rules; and

(6) all species listed under this paragraph shall be included in the person's daily limit as
established in rules, if applicable.

(d) In the Minnesota River downstream of Granite Falls, the Mississippi River
downstream of St. Anthony Falls, and the St. Croix River downstream of the dam at Taylors
Falls, including portions described as Minnesota-Wisconsin boundary waters in Minnesota
Rules, part 6266.0500, subpart 1, items A and B, the harvest of gizzard shad by cast net for
noncommercial personal use as bait for angling, as provided in a permit issued under section
84D.11, is allowed as follows:

(1) nontarget species must immediately be returned to the water;

(2) gizzard shad taken under this paragraph must be used on the same body of water
where caught and while still on that water body. Where the river is divided by barriers such
as dams, the gizzard shad must be caught and used on the same section of the river;

(3) gizzard shad taken under this paragraph may not be transported off the water body;
and

(4) gizzard shad harvested under this paragraph may only be used in accordance with
this section.

This paragraph expires December 1, 2017.

(e) Equipment authorized for minnow harvest in a listed infested water by permit issued
under paragraph (b) may not be transported to, or used in, any waters other than waters
specified in the permit.

(f) Bait intended for sale may not be held in infested water after taking and before sale,
unless authorized under a license or permit according to Minnesota Rules, part 6216.0500.

EFFECTIVE DATE.

This section is effective retroactively from December 1, 2017.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2017 Supplement, section 84D.03, subdivision 4, is amended
to read:


Subd. 4.

Restrictions in infested and noninfested waters; commercial fishing and
turtle, frog, and crayfish harvesting.

(a) All nets, traps, buoys, anchors, stakes, and lines
used for commercial fishing or turtle, frog, or crayfish harvesting in an infested water that
is listed because it contains invasive fish, invertebrates, aquatic plants or aquatic macrophytes
other than Eurasian watermilfoil,
or certifiable diseases, as defined in section 17.4982, must
be tagged with tags provided by the commissioner, as specified in the commercial licensee's
license or permit. Tagged gear must not be used in water bodies other than those specified
in the license or permit. The license or permit may authorize department staff to remove
tags after the from gear is that has been decontaminated according to a protocol specified
by the commissioner if removing tags from the gear would not pose an unreasonable risk
of harm to natural resources or the use of natural resources in the state
. This tagging
requirement does not apply to commercial fishing equipment used in Lake Superior.

(b) All nets, traps, buoys, anchors, stakes, and lines used for commercial fishing or turtle,
frog, or crayfish harvesting in an infested water that is listed solely because it contains
Eurasian watermilfoil must be dried for a minimum of ten days or frozen for a minimum
of two days before they are used in any other waters, except as provided in this paragraph.
Commercial licensees must notify the department's regional or area fisheries office or a
conservation officer before removing nets or equipment from an infested water listed solely
because it contains Eurasian watermilfoil and before resetting those nets or equipment in
any other waters. Upon notification, the commissioner may authorize a commercial licensee
to move nets or equipment to another water without freezing or drying, if that water is listed
as infested solely because it contains Eurasian watermilfoil.

(c) A commercial licensee must remove all aquatic macrophytes from nets and other
equipment before placing the equipment into waters of the state.

(d) The commissioner shall provide a commercial licensee with a current listing of listed
infested waters at the time that a license or permit is issued.

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 97C.345, subdivision 3a, is amended to read:


Subd. 3a.

Cast nets for gizzard shad.

(a) Cast nets may be used only to take gizzard
shad for use as bait for angling:

(1) from July 1 to November 30; and

(2) from the Minnesota River downstream of Granite Falls, Mississippi River downstream
of St. Anthony Falls, and the St. Croix River downstream of the dam at Taylors Falls,
including portions described as Minnesota-Wisconsin boundary waters in Minnesota Rules,
part 6266.0500, subpart 1, items A and B, that are listed as infested waters as allowed under
section 84D.03, subdivision 3.

(b) Cast nets used under this subdivision must be monofilament and may not exceed
seven five feet in diameter radius, and mesh size must be from three-eighths to five-eighths
inch bar measure. No more than two cast nets may be used at one time.

(c) This subdivision expires December 1, 2017. The commissioner must report to the
chairs and ranking minority members of the house of representatives and senate committees
with jurisdiction over environment and natural resources by March 1, 2018, on the number
of permits issued, conservation impacts from the use of cast nets, and recommendations for
any necessary changes in statutes or rules.

EFFECTIVE DATE.

This section is effective retroactively from December 1, 2017.

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