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Agency seeks input into development of a five-year management plan

| July 4, 2012 10:09 AM

Montana fisheries officials are set to embark on developing a statewide fisheries management plan that will seek to establish goals and direction for fish management, habitat protection and improvement, fishing access and angling opportunities for the next five to 10 years.

A statewide plan is essentially a “road map” for managing all of the state’s fisheries, said Bruce Rich, fisheries bureau chief for Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. 

 “The plan won’t be a substitute for regulation-setting, but instead will provide management direction and guidance to decision makers and the public in particular river drainages,” Rich said.  

“It will also allow for flexibility and discretion where necessary.”

A draft plan will be presented to the FWP Commission at the end of August and a final plan, based on public comment and an environmental analysis, is planned for release by year’s end.  

“Public participation is critical to the success of the plan,” Rich said. 

For more information call FWP at 406 444-2449.