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Shot Fired in War Against Illegal Fish Stocking


The first shot in a war to fight illegal fish stocking in Utah has been fired by the state’s wildlife agency.

Starting with the 2012 fishing season, Division of Wildlife Resources biologists are recommending no limit and catch-and-kill regulations at several waters in Utah.

Drew Cushing, sport fisheries coordinator for the DWR, says the agency will no longer manage fish that are placed illegally in a body of water. “Two tools we have to fight illegal fish stocking are no limit and catch-and-kill regulations,” he says. “We want illegally introduced fish removed as quick as possible.”

Cushing says illegal fish stocking hurts anglers, including you, several ways:

Cushing says when people imagine what a poacher looks like, they usually picture someone standing over a dead deer or elk with a rifle in their hands. “But,” he says, “in terms of money and the number of people illegal fish stocking affects, those who move fish from one body of water to another do a lot more damage.”

Cushing says the no limit and catch-and-kill regulations are just the first of many ideas DWR biologists are discussing to fight illegal fish stocking in Utah. “We have more ideas in mind,” he says.

No limit and catch-and-kill regulations

All of the fishing changes the DWR is recommending for 2012 are available at www.wildlife.utah.gov/public_meetings.

Among the DWR’s ideas are to place catch-and-kill or no limit regulations on the following waters:

No limit Catch-and-kill