FISH AND BOAT COMMISSION
Removal of Waters from the Refuge Areas Program; July 2021
[51 Pa.B. 3314]
[Saturday, June 12, 2021]
Under 58 Pa. Code § 67.2 (relating to refuge areas), the Executive Director of the Fish and Boat Commission (Commission), with the approval of the Commission, may designate waters as refuge areas to which 30 Pa.C.S. § 2306 (relating to refuge areas), shall apply. Section 2306 of 30 Pa.C.S. provides that the Commission may set aside, at its discretion, areas as it may judge best as refuge areas in which fishing, or entry shall be prohibitedfor periods of time as the Commission prescribes. According to the regulation, the designation of waters as refuge areas shall be effective upon posting of the waters after publication of a notice that the waters have been so designated in the Pennsylvania Bulletin. Refuge areas are closed to public fishing except during the period from June 15 until the last day of February of the following year. It is unlawful to disturb fish or other aquatic life in refuge areas by any means, including wading, throwing stones, rocks or other objects, or otherwise agitating the waters. The regulation will not be construed to prohibit fishing in these areas during the extended trout season.
Based on current conditions, there is justification to remove the refuge area designation from 17 streams. Some streams are no longer being maintained as marked refuge areas, some streams are no longer stocked with trout and some streams are simply not being well utilized by anglers. These conditions are inconsistent with the premise for the use of refuge areas. Therefore, the Commission, at its next meeting on July 26 and 27, 2021, will consider taking action to remove the refuge area designations from the sections of the following waters that have been so designated.
County Water Area Cameron Hicks Run Cameron Upper Jerry Run Cameron Wykoff Run Cameron/Elk East Branch Hicks Run Cameron/Elk Mix Run Cameron/Elk West Branch Hicks Run Clearfield Jack Dent Branch Clearfield/Elk Medix Run McKean Chappel Fork McKean Kinzua Creek McKean North Branch Sugar Run McKean Skinner Creek McKean South Branch Kinzua Creek McKean Sugar Run McKean Willow Creek McKean/Warren East Branch Tionesta Creek McKean/Warren Twomile Run
Persons with comments, objections or suggestions concerning the classification of the streams listed may submit them in writing to the Executive Director, Fish and Boat Commission, P.O. Box 67000, Harrisburg, PA 17106-7000, within 30 days after publication of this notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin. Comments submitted by facsimile will not be accepted.
Comments also may be submitted electronically by completing the form at www.fishandboat.com/regcomments. If an acknowledgment of electronic comments is not received by the sender within 2 working days, the comments should be retransmitted to ensure receipt. Electronic comments submitted in any other manner will not be accepted.
TIMOTHY D. SCHAEFFER,
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 21-936. Filed for public inspection June 11, 2021, 9:00 a.m.]
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