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Regulations represent one tool that fisheries managers utilize to provide sustainable recreational fishing opportunities and protect fishery resources. Generally, the purposes of recreational fishing regulations address one or more of three broad areas. First, a regulation may be intended to prevent over-harvest of a sport fish population, especially larger fish that many anglers value. Second, regulations like daily creel limits may be established to distribute harvest among anglers. Third, regulations may be required to protect a rare species or control harmful exotic species.
The DNR is careful to collect adequate biological information and to consider angler attitudes and preferences before recommending regulation changes. The agency’s management goal is to balance the obligation to protect sport fish populations and other aquatic resources while providing a diverse array of recreational fishing opportunities throughout the state.
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