Fish & Game fishing for comments

By: 
Catie Clark
Reporter

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission is holding a local open house on Tuesday, Feb. 13 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event will be at the Southeast Region office at 1345 Barton Road in Pocatello.
“The purpose is to gather information, ideas and comments from the public,” Jennifer Jackson said, the regional conservation educator out of the Pocatello office. “We want people to tell us what they think about the rules and our management of Idaho’s fisheries.”
At the open house, members of the community can meet with the staff. The purpose is for the public to ask questions, present their own ideas about fishing in Idaho and submit commentary on the upcoming revision of the state’s regulations for anglers.
“The staff will be there all day so they have time to listen,” Jackson said.
The feedback received will help the fisheries staff put together the new three-year rules and the six-year fisheries management plan.
The drafts of those two documents are scheduled to be published in late August or early September. Then there will be a round of public review. Once that public commentary is complete, then the Fish and Game commission issue the final policies in November.
The open house is not the only way to provide input, however, comments can also be phoned in by calling (208) 232-4703 or emailed to the Southeast Regional Fisheries Manager David Teuscher at david.teuscher@idfg.idaho.gov.
An online form is also available at idfg.idaho.gov/form/fishing-rules-public-comment. Comments are welcome through the end of May.

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