Category Archives: Legislative News

Hatchery fish kill was predictable

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While the press release reported an “unexpected reduction in water flow” killed lots of juvenile landlocked salmon at the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s Casco hatchery, it was entirely predictable. And the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s failure to ask the legislature for funding to solve the problem, when they had a good […]

Why did the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Department fail to support stream crossings bond issue?

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It’s a mystery to me. An important bond issue to raise more money for improving stream crossings failed to draw the support of Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Yet in an April 11 edition of the agency’s newsletter, there’s a great article on the importance of improving our stream crossings. When I asked […]

Lots of disappointment for sportsmen at this year’s legislative session

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I guess it was to be expected, in the most dysfunctional and ugly legislative session I’ve ever experienced, that little was accomplished on outdoor issues. This is particularly disappointing given the excellent collaborative work of the legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, chaired by Senator Paul Davis and Representative Bob Duchesne. In the good old […]

Legislature set to turn its back on Maine’s struggling outdoor industry

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Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife must improve its communications with sportsmen, landowners, and the general public, and reinstate its marketing program. Our outdoor industry desperately needs DIF&W’s partnership and a bill endorsed unanimously by the legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee would get that partnership started. The bill, which reestablishes a marketing position […]