2011 - 2012 LEGISLATURE
June 13, 2011 - Introduced by Representatives Bies, Jacque, Kaufert and Van Roy,
cosponsored by Senator Lasee. Referred to Committee on Natural Resources.
AB176,1,2 1An Act to amend 29.519 (1m) (c) of the statutes; relating to: minimum
2harvesting requirements for commercial fishing in the Great Lakes.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, the Department of Natural Resources may promulgate
rules establishing qualifications for persons applying for commercial fishing licenses
for fishing in the Great Lakes. These rules include a requirement that, in order to
qualify for a license, an applicant must have harvested in the previous license year
at least a certain amount of fish. This bill prohibits minimum harvesting
For further information see the state fiscal estimate, which will be printed as
an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB176, s. 1 3Section 1. 29.519 (1m) (c) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB176,2,64 29.519 (1m) (c) The department may promulgate rules defining the
5qualifications of licensees in the reasonable exercise of this authority, giving due
6consideration to residency, past record including compliance with the records

1requirements of sub. (5), fishing and navigation ability and quantity and quality of
2equipment possessed. The rules may not impose any minimum harvesting
3requirements on applicants for licenses requiring that applicants harvested, in any
4previous period of time, a specified minimum amount of fish.
Rules relating to
5licensing commercial fishers shall be based on criteria provided by the commercial
6fishing boards under sub. (7).
AB176,2,77 (End)