Pennsylvania’s Wild Trout Need Your Voice!

Pennsylvania is home to 16,000 miles of wild trout streams.

Thanks to the Fish and Boat Commission, new Wild Trout waters and Class A Wild Trout streams have been proposed for upgraded designation. With your help, we can secure protections for these additional streams from development and pollution. 

The public is invited to participate by filing comments in support of these upgraded protections. Pennsylvanians have been vocal in our support over the past two years, with more than 1,500 comments filed in favor of new protections.

With your help, we can see PA’s total miles of protected wild trout water continue to grow in 2022. 

Click here to view a map of all streams eligible for upgrade

mandates specific streamside buffer requirements, temperature and chemical restrictions on wastewater discharge, and time-of-year limitations for construction within the stream. 

Left unprotected, these streams, which provide clean drinking water to millions of Pennsylvanians, are at risk of pollution and sedimentation from stormwater runoff, high temperatures as a result of the destruction of streamside buffers, and reduced flows because of water withdrawals. 

Take action today!

Click the link below to log in and send your message:
https://www.votervoice.net/BroadcastLinks/vOvyBRuvdomG1-7mTYvubA

From Trout Unlimited

PROPOSED STOCKING AUTHORIZATION AND ENHANCED PROTECTIONS AGAINST SPREAD OF AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES TO BE DISCUSSED AT COMMITTEE MEETING, PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD EXTENDED

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) announced today that it will hold a meeting of the Fisheries and Hatcheries Committee at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, September 28, 2022, at its Harrisburg headquarters located at 1601 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, Pa 17110. Among the purposes of the meeting is to discuss a proposal to create a fish stocking authorization program and enhance protections against the spread of aquatic invasive species. This is an in-person meeting, and the public is invited to attend.

To prepare for this meeting, the public comment period associated with this proposal has been extended for 30 days, and comments will now be accepted until September 17, 2022. To view the proposalOpens In A New Window and submit public comment online, visit the PFBC website (Fishandboat.com).

Under this proposal, two chapters of the Pennsylvania Code (58 Pa. Code § 71 and § 73) would be combined into a single chapter (58 Pa. Code § 71a) to address current conservation challenges, improve fisheries management and fish health, prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species, and simplify the code.

Among the changes being proposed is the creation of a simple, no-fee, user-friendly stocking authorization process through which anyone stocking fish within Pennsylvania waters would be required to obtain authorization from the PFBC before stocking. This process, like those currently used by more than 30 other state fish and wildlife agencies, is intended to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species and introduction of new aquatic pathogens that could affect the Commonwealth’s aquatic resources. Commercial fish producers would also be required to test certain fish imported into Pennsylvania for disease before stocking in areas where those diseases do not occur.

To further prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species by boats, this proposal also includes new watercraft inspection requirements. Under this proposal, all boaters (with limited exceptions for fishing tournaments), would be required to drain live wells and bilges before transporting their watercraft away from the water on which they were boating. At least 19 other states already have watercraft inspection requirements in place.

Media Contact:
Mike Parker
Communications Director
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
(717) 585-3076
michparker@pa.gov

Increased License Fees Approved

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Board of Commissioners has given final approval to a list of proposed fee adjustments for fishing licenses and various other licenses and permits.

Under the proposal, the price of the most common fishing license and permits — a Resident Annual Fishing License, Trout Permit, and Combination Trout/Lake Erie Permit — would increase by $2.50 each in 2023, marking the first fee increases since 2005.

Read more: http://ow.ly/fJM850KnOJQ

PFBC Proposed Rulemaking – Propagation and Introduction of Fish into Commonwealth Waters

This proposed rulemaking updates the Commission’s regulations pertaining to the introduction and transportation of fish into waters of the Commonwealth and creates new regulatory requirements for fish health certification and watercraft inspections. All changes are outlined in the proposed rulemaking. It is important to note the public comment period for this rulemaking has been extended from 30 days to 60 days and ends September 17, 2022

to Read the proposed changes, click on the link below

https://www.pacodeandbulletin.gov/Display/pabull?file=/secure/pabulletin/data/vol52/52-25/895.html

To Read the PFBC Fish Health Protocol, click on the link below

https://www.fishandboat.com/…/PFBC%20Fish%20Health…

To Comment, click on link below

https://pfbc.pa.gov/regcomments/index.htm…

Stand up for healthy and resilient streams, fish, and communities

This month, Congress has a truly historic opportunity to invest billions of dollars into three things that would add up to a healthier future for trout and salmon, and our communities:

  1. Protecting and restoring fish and wildlife habitat in National Parks, National Forests, wildlife refuges, and other public lands;
  2. Making America’s lands and waters more resilient to drought, wildfire, and floods; and
  3. Encouraging clean energy development to reduce carbon emissions.

Trout Unlimited strongly supports all these investments, which are included in the budget reconciliation bill Congress is developing as we speak.

We need your help! Take a moment today to send a note to your U.S. senators asking them to support provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act that will help fisheries and communities weather a changing climate.      “Anglers are already seeing the effects of climate change on rivers and streams,” TU President and CEO Chris Wood said last week. “Unnaturally intense wildfires, more frequent floods, and punishing drought are pushing native and wild trout and salmon to the brink and putting our communities at risk. It’s time for Congress to step up on this pressing issue and advance this legislation into law.”

Tell Congress to take action now. Thanks for all you do for wild and native trout and salmon.

Steve Moyer Vice President for Government Affairs        

Brook trout are particularly sensitive to high water temperatures

From our friends at the Penns Woods West Chapter of TU.  Articles from John Hayes, outdoor writer for the Pittsburgh Post Gazette will be republished on their website.  John’s first article is titled: “Brook trout are particularly sensitive to high water temperatures”.  Click below to read the article

Proposed Rulemaking of PFBC

This proposed rulemaking updates the Commission’s regulations pertaining to the fees of fishing licenses, permits and boat registrations as outlined in the proposed rulemaking. The public comment period runs from July 16 – August 15, 2022.