FISH AND BOAT COMMISSION
Temporary Change to Fishing Regulations; Walnut Creek Marina Basin, Erie County
[52 Pa.B. 1844]
[Saturday, March 26, 2022]
The Executive Director of the Fish and Boat Commission (Commission), acting under the authority of 58 Pa. Code § 65.25 (relating to temporary changes to fishing regulations), has taken immediate action to amend 58 Pa. Code § 69.35 (relating to use of commercial seines) only as they apply at the Walnut Creek Marina Basin, Erie County, in anticipation of the erection of a coffer dam, to be started sometime in April dependent upon the weather. Historically there are a large number of baitfish in the marina after the dam is placed that get killed by the pumps used to drain the marina. This temporary change will allow commercial seine license holders to harvest these baitfish. Only current commercial seine net license holders will be permitted to harvest fish from the basin. Commercial seine net license holders will be permitted to use seines even within 100 yards of another commercial seine net license holder. Commercial seine net license holders will be required to coordinate such activities with Captain Thomas Edwards, Northwest Region Bureau of Law Enforcement.
The Executive Director has found that this action is necessary and appropriate for the management of fish. The Commission's Executive Director has taken immediate action to make the following modifications to fishing regulations only as they apply at the Walnut Creek Marina Basin:
§ 69.35 Use of commercial seines.
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[ (b) Taking shiners, gizzard shad and alewife. It is unlawful to use a seine for the purpose of taking emerald shiners, spottail shiners, gizzard shad and alewife within an area 300 feet from the mouth of any stream or within the confines of a tributary stream to Lake Erie.]
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[ (g) Interference with other holders of commercial seine license. It is unlawful for the holder of a commercial seine license to use a seine within 100 yards of another holder of a commercial seine license.]
The Executive Director will cause these temporary modifications to fishing regulations to be posted in the vicinity of the marina and the modified regulations will be fully effective and enforceable when so posted. These temporary modifications will remain in effect until the postings are removed by the Bureau of Law Enforcement.
TIMOTHY D. SCHAEFFER,
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 22-468. Filed for public inspection March 25, 2022, 9:00 a.m.]
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