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This news release has been out for awhile now.  In case you did not see it:

Future of Nebraska’s fisheries to be discussed at public meetings

LINCOLN – The public is invited to attend informational meetings across the state in October regarding the future of Nebraska’s aquatic resources.

Fisheries personnel from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission have been developing a road map for the state’s fisheries and aquatic resources. The public’s participation in the planning process is encouraged.

Each meeting will include an overview of the Commission’s Fisheries Division, an outline of the planning process and public feedback. The two-hour meetings will begin at 7 p.m.

The meeting schedule is:

Oct. 3 – Scottsbluff, North Platte Natural Resources District (NRD), 100547 Airport Road

Oct. 3 – Omaha, Papio-Missouri River NRD, Chalco Hills Recreation Area/Wehrspann Lake, 8901 S. 154th St.

Oct. 3 – Norfolk, Lifelong Learning Center, 801 E. Benjamin Ave.

Oct. 4 – North Platte, Mid-Plains Community College, 1101 Halligan Drive

Oct. 4 – Valentine, Niobrara Lodge, 803 E. U.S. 20

Oct. 5 – Kearney, E.R.C. Building, E. K. and Mary Yanney Heritage Park, 2020 W. 11th St.

Oct. 6 – Lincoln, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, 4703 N. 44th St.

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To fill in the blanks a little more:

  • Fisheries Division is working on a comprehensive plan or “Roadmap” for the future.
  • We are asking the public to participate in the process.
  • At each scheduled meeting, there will be a short overview of Fisheries Division, followed by a listening session where attendees will be encouraged to give input and answer questions like “What do you think Fisheries Division does well and should continue for the next twenty years?” and “What is Fisheries Division currently not doing that will need to be done in the next twenty years?”
  • We want to hear the public’s and especially our angler’s ideas for the future of our aquatic and fisheries resources.
  • As these meetings will focus on how the Fisheries Division will look and operate in the future, questions on current fisheries management activities (e.g. fish stockings, existing regulations or permit fees) will be deferred until after the meeting is concluded.

If you can make it to one of these meetings, please do!  Our aquatic and fisheries resources belong to you, and we want to hear what you think!

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About daryl bauer

Daryl is a lifelong resident of Nebraska (except for a couple of years spent going to graduate school in South Dakota). He has been employed as a fisheries biologist for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for 25 years, and his current tour of duty is as the fisheries outreach program manager. Daryl loves to share his educational knowledge and is an avid multi-species angler. He holds more than 120 Nebraska Master Angler Awards for 14 different species and holds more than 30 In-Fisherman Master Angler Awards for eight different species. He loves to talk fishing and answer questions about fishing in Nebraska, be sure to check out his blog at outdoornebraska.org.

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