DOW nears end of fishing review

By Real Aspen
September 29, 2010

The Colorado Division of Wildlife announced today that its regular "Five-Year Review of Fishing Regulations" is almost complete. The Colorado Wildlife Commission is now reviewing draft fishing regulations for the 2011-2015 seasons and will adopt final regulations at its Nov. 12 meeting in Yuma.

Anglers and other interest groups are invited to review the proposed regulations and submit feedback as the DOW and Wildlife Commission move into the final stages of this regulatory process.

"Over the last six months, we've heard from anglers, conservation groups, fishing clubs and local communities, which contributed greatly to developing these draft fishing regulations," said Dave Chadwick, DOW public involvement coordinator. "Although we are no longer looking for new proposals, we welcome concluding comments before regulations are finalized in November."

Every five years the Colorado Wildlife Commission reviews statewide fishing regulations to ensure that the Division of Wildlife continues to meet fisheries management objectives and recreational needs of anglers. The regulations dictate allowable fishing methods, season dates, size restrictions and bag/possession limits. The regulations include statewide policies as well as localized rules that apply to individual waters.

In developing new regulations, Division of Wildlife managers examined data on fish populations and habitats, and collected social data on angler activity, satisfaction and preferences. The agency held numerous "Angler Roundtable" meetings around the state and hosted an online forum allowing anglers and other interest groups to submit suggestions over the Internet.

"Colorado's anglers are a diverse group of people who enjoy fishing for a variety of cold- and warm-water sport-fish species," said Greg Gerlich, aquatic section manager for the Division of Wildlife. "Through this process we've identified where new rules are needed and where out-of-date rules need to be changed. We believe that the new regulations keep us moving forward in a direction that offers both expanded opportunities for anglers and supports the responsible management of Colorado's fisheries."

Fishing generates nearly $1.2 billion annually in economic activity in Colorado. Every year more than 600,000 people buy Colorado fishing licenses.

Members of the public can review the proposed changes and draft regulations on the Division of Wildlife's website at:

Anglers and other interest groups who would like to comment on the final stages of the review process should contact Dave Chadwick, DOW public involvement section, at (303) 291-7174 or .

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