29.503 (2) (b) of the statutes is created to read:
29.503 (2) (b) No producer of fish who holds a commercial fishing license or contract under this chapter shall be required to obtain a license to sell the fish that he or she produces.
29.51 (1) (intro.) of the statutes, as affected by 1997 Wisconsin Act 27
, is renumbered 29.709 (intro.) and amended to read:
29.709 State fish hatcheries. (intro.) The department shall have general charge may operate state fish hatcheries and may do all of the following matters for operating state fish hatcheries, and all necessary powers therefor, namely:
29.51 (1) (a), (b) and (c) of the statutes are renumbered 29.709 (1), (2), (3) and amended to read:
29.709 (1) The propagation and breeding of Breed and propagate fish of such species and varieties as they deem it determines to be of value.
(2) The collection and diffusion of useful Distribute information in regard to regarding the propagation and conservation of fish.
(3) The government and control, care, supply, and repair of Manage the state fish hatcheries and
the grounds used therefor, whether owned or leased, and the buildings, ponds, fish car and other apparatus, and all other property belonging to or held by the state for the propagation of fish.
29.51 (1) (d) of the statutes is repealed.
Note: The current text of s. 29.51 (1) (d) establishes some of the authority of the DNR with respect to state fish hatcheries, as follows:
"29.51 (1) (d) The purchase and establishment and control, in like manner, of new hatcheries when appropriations shall be made by law, and the establishment of such temporary hatching stations as they may deem necessary. With the consent and approval of the department, lands may be acquired by grant, devise or conveyance constituting a voluntary donation to or purchase by the state for the express purpose of enabling it to use such lands for establishing hatcheries and the propagation of fish."
The DNR has sufficient authority to acquire fish hatcheries under s. 23.09 (2) (d) 4.
29.709 (4) Subject to s. 95.60, the receiving receive from the U.S. commissioners of fisheries, from the commissioners of fisheries of other states or from other persons of any person all fish eggs or fish donated to the state or purchased, and in the most practical ways, by exchange or otherwise, to procure, receive, exchange, distribute and dispose of fish eggs and fish; to make contracts and carry on the same for the transportation of fish cars, cans, departmental officers and employes by land or water as is most advantageous to the state; and to take such other measures as in their judgment best promotes the abundant supply of food fishes in the waters of the state.
29.51 (1) (f) of the statutes is repealed.
Note: The current text of s. 29.51 (1) (f) establishes a portion of the authority of the DNR with respect to state fish hatcheries, as follows:
"29.51 (1) (f) The department shall keep an inventory of the property of the several hatcheries, with the cost of each article, and account in detail and separately of the expenses of each hatchery; also of the distribution of the fish, of maintaining and repairing property and of such improvements as may be ordered."
These functions are part of normal DNR fiscal and property management and need not be stated in the statutes.
29.705 (1) Transplantation of fish. The department may take or cause authorize to be taken fish at any time of the year from any waters of the state for stocking other waters or for the purpose of securing eggs for artificial propagation. These fish or eggs may be taken only under a special permit issued by the department and only in the presence of an employe or agent of the department or its wardens. This The permit shall specify the kinds of fish that may be taken and the manner in which they may be taken.
29.705 (3) Delivery of fish eggs. Any person fishing in any waters of this state shall deliver, on demand, to the department or its wardens or authorized agents, all kinds of agent any fish, during the spawning season, for the purpose of being stripped of their eggs and milt; and the person receiving them. The department or its agent shall, immediately after having stripped the fish, return them to the person from whom received. Any such person shall permit the The department, or its wardens, or authorized agents to agent may enter any boats, docks, grounds or other places where such the fish may be, for the purpose of stripping the same them while alive, and the person possessing the fish shall render
such any assistance as that may be necessary to expedite the work of mixing the eggs and milt for proper impregnation.
29.705 (5) Removal of fish eggs or fish from state. No person may remove any fish eggs or live fish from this state except as authorized by law, unless or pursuant to a permit therefor has been issued to the person by the department. This subsection does not apply to farm-raised fish or eggs from farm-raised fish.
29.51 (6) of the statutes is renumbered 29.414 and amended to read:
29.414 Erection of barriers to exclude rough fish. The department may for any period in its discretion erect and maintain or authorize erection and maintenance of a screen or similar barrier in any navigable stream for the purpose of preventing rough fish or other fish found to be undesirable fish from invading any part of such the stream, provided such if the screen or barrier does not unreasonably interfere with navigation.
29.51 (7) (title) of the statutes is repealed.
29.51 (7) (a) and (b) of the statutes are consolidated, renumbered 29.411 and amended to read:
29.411 (title) Cooperation during a fish census. A person who is fishing shall cooperate with an employe of the department when the employe is involved in taking a fish census. (b) Section 29.99
29.971 does not apply to this subsection section.
29.511 of the statutes is repealed.
Note: The current text of s. 29.511 is as follows:
"29.511 Cold water fish hatchery. In exercising the powers granted to the department under s. 29.51 the department shall purchase and establish fish hatchery facilities specializing in the production of cold water fish. The hatchery shall be located in a county centrally situated and no farther than 40 miles from Lake Michigan. The capacity of the fish hatchery should permit a minimum of 40,000 pounds of fish production."
This provision was created to allow the DNR to establish a cold water fish hatchery. That hatchery has been established, and the statute no longer serves a purpose.
29.512 of the statutes is repealed.
Note: The current text of s. 29.512 (1) is as follows:
29.512 (1) Upon complaint in writing by an owner or lessee of land to the department that operation of the well by the department at the Bayfield fish hatchery has caused damage through disruption of well operations located within 10,000 feet of the fish hatchery well, the department shall inquire into the matter. If it appears to the department that the facts stated in the complaint are true, the department shall pay to the claimant the amount of such damages, as determined by the department."
This provision allowed the DNR to address damage caused by the well at the Bayfield fish hatchery when the well was constructed. The statute no longer serves a purpose.
29.513 (title) of the statutes is renumbered 29.737 (title).
29.513 (1) to (4) of the statutes are renumbered 29.737 (1) to (4) and amended to read:
29.737 (1) Any person or persons owning all of the land bordering on any a navigable lake that is completely landlocked may apply to the department for a permit to remove, destroy or introduce fish in such the lake.
(2) Upon receiving such application the The department shall hold a public hearing on the permit application in the vicinity of such the lake, and if the department determines that the hearing is favorable the department may issue a permit authorizing the applicant to remove, destroy or introduce fish in such the lake.
(3) Such permit The department shall be subject to such impose appropriate terms, conditions and limitations as the department deems proper on the permit. All work done under the authority of such permit shall be under the supervision of employes or agents of the department or its agents, who shall be afforded have free access to such the lake at all times for
such that purpose by the permittee. The permittee shall pay the expenses of such the supervision shall be paid by the permittee.
(4) All fish removed from such the lake under such a permit shall be turned over to
disposed of as directed by the department.
29.515 of the statutes is renumbered 29.713 and amended to read:
29.713 Trespass to state fish hatchery. Whoever does any of the following without proper authority shall be subject to the penalties under s. 29.99 29.971 (1):
(1) Without proper authority, enters
Enters upon the grounds of any a state fish hatchery for the purpose of killing or taking fish therefrom; or.
(2) Without proper authority, kills,
Kills or takes or catches any fish from any waters or grounds which the person knew or should have known belonged to or were connected with any of a state fish hatchery; or.
(3) Without proper authority to do so, intentionally or negligently injures Injures any fish, or in any manner interferes harmfully with the ponds, streams, troughs or other property of a state fish hatchery.
Note: The requirement of knowledge in s. 29.515 (2) and the requirement of intent or negligence in s. 29.515 (3) existed when a criminal penalty was imposed for violation of this provision. The offense has since been decriminalized, and the penalty is now a civil forfeiture. The requirement for the prosecutor to prove knowledge, intent or negligence is typically included in statutes subject to criminal penalties, due to the seriousness of the penalty. This requirement is not necessary where the penalty is a civil forfeiture and it is therefore eliminated.
29.53 (title) and (1) to (4) of the statutes, as created by 1997 Wisconsin Act 27
, are renumbered 29.736 (title) and (1) to (4).
29.736 (5) The requirement of being issued a permit under this section shall does not apply to civic organizations, organizations operating newspapers or television stations or promoters of sport shows when and in connection with publicly showing or exhibiting, giving demonstrations with or providing fishing of fish for periods of not to exceed 10 days if the fish are placed in a tank or an artificially constructed pond that is a self-contained body of water. Fish used for such these purposes shall have been certified by a qualified inspector to meet the fish health standards and requirements promulgated under s. 95.60 (4s) (b).
29.535 (1) (a) (intro.) of the statutes is renumbered 29.745 (1) (a) (intro.) and amended to read:
29.745 (1) (a) (intro.) A person must be issued shall obtain a permit from the department before doing any of the following:
29.535 (1) (a) 1. of the statutes, as affected by 1997 Wisconsin Act 27
, is renumbered 29.745 (1) (a) 1. and amended to read:
29.745 (1) (a) 1. Importing into the state any wild animal other than fish or their eggs for the purpose of introducing, or stocking or planting that wild animal.
29.535 (1) (a) 2. of the statutes, as affected by 1997 Wisconsin Act 27
, is renumbered 29.745 (1) (a) 2. and amended to read:
29.745 (1) (a) 2. Introducing, or stocking or planting any wild animal other than fish or their eggs.
29.535 (1) (b) of the statutes is renumbered 29.745 (1) (b) and amended to read:
29.745 (1) (b) Applications Application for such permits a permit shall be made in writing on forms provided by to the department.
29.535 (1) (c) of the statutes, as affected by 1997 Wisconsin Act 27
, is renumbered 29.745 (1) (c) and amended to read:
29.745 (1) (c) Permits for introducing, or stocking or planting under par. (a) 2. shall be issued by the department only after investigation and inspection of the wild animals as the department determines is necessary.
Note: This subsection pertains to DNR authority to import and introduce wild animals other than fish and is recreated as new s. 29.745 (2).
29.536 of the statutes is repealed.
Note: Section 29.536 relates to municipal fish hatcheries and fisheries. There are none.
29.54 of the statutes is renumbered 29.741, and 29.741 (title) and (1), as renumbered, are amended to read:
29.741 (title) State propagation of wild
mammals and birds animals. (1) The department may take or purchase and direct the distribution of wild mammals and birds animals and their eggs for propagation.
The distribution thereof shall be made throughout the state under the supervision and direction of the department and according to its rules This subsection does not apply to farm-raised fish.
29.544 of the statutes is renumbered 29.607, and 29.607 (title), (1), (2) (a), (3) (title) and (4) to (7), as renumbered, are amended to read:
29.607 (title) Wild rice conservation; licenses. (1) Title to wild rice. (a) The legal title to all wild rice growing in any lake of the state, whether meandered or not, is vested in the state for the purpose of regulating harvest, use, disposition and conservation thereof of wild rice.
(b) The legal title to such wild rice taken or reduced to possession in violation of this chapter or of any rule of the department remains in the state; and the title
. Title to any such wild rice lawfully acquired is subject to the condition that upon the violation of this chapter or of any department rule relating to the possession, use, harvest, sale or purchase thereof section by the holder of such title to the wild rice, the same title shall revert, as a result of the violation, to the state. In either case, such wild rice may be seized forthwith wherever found by the department or its agents.
(2) (a) The department may promulgate such rules governing the harvest, use and disposition of wild rice growing in the navigable lakes of the state as it deems reasonably necessary for the conservation and wise use thereof. The secretary may designate the opening date for harvesting wild rice in any navigable lake or stream by posting notice of such the opening date on the shores of and at places of public access to such the lake at least 24 hours before such the opening date, unless the department promulgates by rule a different time period required for notice. Such posting Posting is deemed sufficient notice of such the opening date and no other publication thereof is required.
(3) (title) License required; exceptions; wild rice identification card.
(4) Licenses. (a) Wild rice harvest license. No wild rice harvest license is required of helpers of a licensee who participate only in shore operations. Wild rice harvest licenses may be issued only to residents of this state.
(b) Wild rice dealer license. A wild rice dealer license is required to buy wild rice within the state for resale to anyone except consumers, or to sell wild rice imported from outside of the state to anyone within the state except consumers, or to process wild rice not harvested by the processor himself or herself for resale by the processor to any other person. The license is required to be a class D wild rice dealer license if the amount of wild rice bought, sold or processed by the licensee within the year covered by the license exceeds 50,000 pounds. The license is required to be a class C wild rice dealer license if this amount exceeds 25,000 pounds but does not exceed 50,000 pounds. The license is required to be a class B wild rice dealer license if this amount exceeds 5,000 pounds but does not exceed 25,000 pounds. The license is required to be a class A wild rice dealer license if this amount does not exceed 5,000 pounds. For the purposes of this section, 2 1/2 2.5 pounds of raw rice is deemed equivalent to one pound of processed rice.
(5) Records and reports. Each wild rice dealer shall keep a correct and complete book record in the English language form required by the department of all wild rice bought, sold or processed by the dealer during the period covered by the dealer's license showing the date of each transaction, the names and addresses of all other parties thereto to the transaction, and the amount of wild rice involved, whether raw or processed. Each such
The record shall be open for inspection by the department or its agents at all reasonable times. All licensed wild rice dealers shall file such reports on their operations as wild rice dealers as are required by the department.
(6) Private waters. (a) Nothing in this section shall be construed as giving the this state of Wisconsin, or the department or its agents the right to control, regulate, manage or harvest wild rice growing on privately owned beds of flowages or ponds.
(b) No person shall, within the boundaries of this state, may use or cause to be used any mechanical device of any nature in the harvesting or gathering of wild rice.