• Crayfish Regulation Update

    Letter to Mr. Shawn Veninga regarding Crayfish Regulation

    Dear Mr. Veninga:

    Thank you for your interest in the regulations process and the recent Wildlife Code changes that restrict the sale of live crayfish for bait in Missouri. As the Chairman of the Missouri Department of Conservationís Regulations Committee, I place a very high level of importance on listening to citizens and understanding the concerns of Missourians. I greatly appreciate your efforts to share your thoughts, opinions, and comments with the Department. In this letter, I want to provide an update to you about the current status of the crayfish regulation.

    As you know, the Department followed the State of Missouri rulemaking process over the last several months and on March 1, 2012, a regulation took effect that restricts the sale of live crayfish for bait in Missouri. On April 14, 2012, the Departmentís Regulations Committee hosted a meeting with aquaculturists, bait industry individuals, anglers, educators, and groups interested in Missouriís fish and wildlife biodiversity. On June 5, 2012, there were four presentations, in addition to other informal discussion, from individuals and groups at a meeting of the Departmentís Regulations Committee. Many of you attended that meeting.

    Based on the comments the Department has received, Department staff will provide a presentation about the regulation at the July 13, 2012, meeting of the Missouri Conservation Commission in Columbia, MO. The presentation will provide background information on the topic and the regulatory process, share public input received about the regulation, and describe next steps.

    With regard to those next steps, several ideas, options, and alternatives have already been offered. One approach being considered is a citizens working group which would explore solutions to find a balance of responsible fish and wildlife management and concerns about the existing regulation.

    I look forward to continued citizen participation as we work to achieve a solution appropriate for all interests and the Department will share additional information as it becomes available. Please contact Michele Baumer, Public Involvement Coordinator, at 573-522-4115 Extension 3350 or via email at [email protected], if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    TOM A. DRAPER
    DEPUTY DIRECTOR
    (CHAIRMAN, REGULATIONS COMMITTEE)
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