MADISON — Commercial fishing activities that may result in the “incidental taking” of rare fish species would be allowed under a broad incidental take permit the Department of Natural Resources is proposing to issue. Incidental take refers to the unintentional loss of individual endangered or threatened animals or plants that does not put the overall population of the species at risk.
The broad incidental take permit is being proposed to cover work within the Mississippi River and specific areas of connected waters. DNR staff determined that projects covered under this permit may result in the incidental taking of some fish.
The project activities may result in some mortality; however, incidental take will be minimized by following protocols designed for these species. DNR staff concluded that the projects covered under this permit would minimize impacts to the species by adhering to conservation measures; are not likely to jeopardize the continued existence or appreciably reduce the likelihood of the survival and/or recovery of the state population of these species or the whole plant-animal community of which they are a part and the habitat that is critical to their existence; and has benefit to the public health, safety or welfare that justifies the action.
The conservation measures to minimize the adverse effect on these threatened species will be incorporated into the proposed incidental take permit. Copies of the jeopardy assessment and background information on these species are available by searching the DNR website for incidental take public notice or upon request from Rori Paloski (608-264-6040 or firstname.lastname@example.org) or Melissa Tumbleson (608-267-0862 or email@example.com).
The department is accepting comments from the public through June 9, 2016. Public comments should be sent to Rori Paloski – NHC, Wisconsin DNR, PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921or firstname.lastname@example.org.