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PERM has had a good year, as a voice for citizens, staying on top of the issues. And now gearing up for 2019. Check issues and projects below. Will you donate to help launch a full-bore 2019?
‘Co-Managing’ Mille Lacs
When Gov. Dayton took office in 2012, the Mille Lacs walleye limit was four. Limits were reduced each year until the first closure to walleye fishing in history. Every year after was catch-and-release only, always with the threat of closure.
The DNR created a Mille Lacs Fishery Advisory Committee to bring stakeholders’ expertise to the “co-management” of Mille Lacs. But options to rationalize walleye regs and quotas got little traction. Any easing of restrictions “increases angler pressure,”—on the DNR’s tribal negotiations as much as on the walleye population.
Anglers hear […]
1855 Ceded Territory potential lawsuit UPDATE
GULL LAKE SENTENCING JUST THE BEGINNING?
By Tim Spielman Outdoor News, November 8, 2018
[Reprinted from Outdoor News]
It’s been just over three years since four people were cited for testing the bounds of Indian treaty rights in Minnesota–in this case the illegal setting of gill nets in Gull Lake near Brainerd in August 2015. On Oct. 23, a judge sentenced defendant James Warren Northrup on four counts. The 50-year-old was found guilty in September.
Fines for Northrup total $235, according to Doug Meyenburg, president of Proper Economic Resource Management, a watch group whose particular interest tends to be tribal in the realm of hunting and fishing rights.
As most tribal protest cases go, this one, too, holds much intrigue.
Northrup was one of four original […]
MLFAC – UPDATE
Good news for Mille Lacs?
By Javier Serna Outdoor News, Vol. 51, No. 45
Assistant Editor Javier Mille Lacs committee gets some good news reported on the latest Mille Lacs Fishery Advisory Committee meeting held on October 5th. MLFAC focused on recent DNR assessments and the possibility of open water harvests next summer.
The big question from MLFAC, since walleye numbers keep increasing according to the DNR, will any be harvested this summer? So far a strong year class hasn’t been enough to get the DNR past its apprehension about its being targeted. That left anglers tossing everything back and quotas mostly made up of “hooking mortality.”
Now, another decent year class (2014), data showing a walleye population three times the size from the last assessment, after years of restrictive […]
1855 Ceded Territory potential lawsuit UPDATE
Defendant in Gull Lake netting case sentenced
Defendant James Warren Northrup faced charges following an August 2015 protest over 1855 Treaty harvest rights, a protest that involved illegal netting on Gull Lake. A September 12 ruling by the Court found defendant Northrup guilty on all four counts brought by Crow Wing County Attorney Donald Ryan.
A Crow Wing County District Court then filed a sentencing order on October 23, 2018, on the following counts:
On Count #1, taking fish with nets, Northrup was sentenced to one year in the Crow Wing County Jail. One year of that time was stayed for two years on the condition that the defendant remain law-abiding. He was also fined $50.
Count #2, netting fish without a license, was dropped as it […]
PERM encourages its members and anglers to attend
Mille Lacs Fishery Advisory Committee meets Monday, Nov. 5th
The Mille Lacs Fisheries Advisory Committee will meet from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, at McQuoid’s Inn, 1325 State Highway 47 in Isle. The agenda will cover winter regulations, fall assessment and walleye population estimate results, a creel update, and discussion around lake management planning. Members of the public are welcome to attend and observe these meetings, and 15 minutes during the middle of each meeting is reserved for public comments and questions.
Lake Mille Lacs winter anglers allowed 1 walleye starting Dec. 1
Winter anglers on Lake Mille Lacs will be allowed to keep walleye on Mille Lacs starting Saturday, Dec. 1, with no bait restrictions and a limit of one walleye between 21-23 inches, or one fish over 28 inches.
The DNR is “encouraged to see evidence that [their] conservative approach to Mille Lacs is paying off to the point [of] seeing population increases . . .” However, in spite of the number of walleyes over 14 inches nearly tripling in Mille Lacs over the past five years, some year-classes remain below normal. That’s enough for concern that “opening up additional harvest too fast or too soon could jeopardize the population increases we’re seeing.”
The walleye bite is expected to be quite […]
Minnesota gubernatorial candidates Tim Walz, Jeff Johnson state their cases on the outdoors
Outdoors Writer Dennis Anderson Interview Excerpt
Star Tribune October 29
Q Can management of Lake Mille Lacs be improved?
Johnson: I’m not an expert on the lake, its resources or its management, but co-management of the lake as it is currently administered isn’t working. Mille Lacs has an amazing history, but right now it’s not there for the benefit and enjoyment of everyone. We have a court decision in place, and I’ll follow it. But as governor, and with whomever I pick as DNR commissioner, I’ll bargain hard with the Chippewa bands to ensure the resource is managed better.
Walz: The Mille Lacs controversy has to do with sovereignty and relationships, and also climate and the changing lake. Let’s be […]
PERM Letter to the President – UPDATE
Wisconsin Outdoor News features PERM letter to President Trump
We are happy to see Wisconsin Outdoor News also highlighting PERM’s letter to the President. They referenced Minnesota Outdoor News Editor Tim Spielman’s take on PERM’s Letter and included the full text of the letter. Spielman called PERM’s letter an “unprecedented step … that’s needed if [we] wish to see meaningful change.”
Makes sense. A large part of the 1837 Treaty ceded territory is in Wisconsin. They face many of the same “co-management” issues as we do here in Minnesota.
PERM is asking the President to rectify a US Supreme Court’s 1999 decision–as suggested in that same ruling–regarding the 1837 Treaty’s temporary Treaty harvest rights.
If you haven’t already, please join us in making sure our message […]