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Fish commissioners propose wide range of actions

Wilkes-Barre, Pa. —  Pennsylvania Fish & Boat commissioners, during their recent quarterly meeting here, took a series of minor actions not covered in other stories in this issue.
Commissioners:

– Approved the publication of a notice of proposed rulemaking that would eliminate the restriction for personal watercraft to tow no more than one skier. 

The total number of persons being towed, in addition to the operator, observer and any other passengers, may not exceed the maximum passenger capacity of the boat.

– Approved the publication of a notice of proposed rulemaking that would limit boats on Little Beaver Creek in Beaver County to slow, no-wake speed from the mouth upstream to the state line. If adopted on final rulemaking, the amendments will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2016.

– Approved the publication of a notice of proposed rulemaking that would limit boats on Neshaminy Creek in Bucks County to slow, no-wake speed on the entire creek from its headwaters to its confluence with the Delaware River. 

If adopted on final rulemaking, the amendment will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2016.

 – Approved the publication of a notice of proposed rulemaking that would eliminate the water skiing zone on the Conodoguinet Creek in Cumberland County in the vicinity of the Power Company Dam at Cave Hill. 

If adopted on final rulemaking, the amendment will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2016.

– Approved the publication of a notice of proposed rulemaking that would limit boats on Darby Creek in Delaware County to slow, no-wake speed on the entire creek from its headwaters to its confluence with the Delaware River. 

If adopted on final rulemaking, the amendment will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2016.

– Approved the publication of a notice of proposed rulemaking that would allow water skiing on the Lehigh River in Lehigh County at the Allentown Pool, between the Tilghman Street Bridge and the Hamilton Street Dam in Allentown. 

If adopted on final rulemaking, the amendment will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2016.

– Approved the publication of a notice of proposed rulemaking that amends striped bass regulations in the Delaware River and Delaware Estuary. 

The changes went into effect on March 1 on a temporary basis in order to meet requirements of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to reduce fishing mortality rates.

Beginning March 1, the creel limit for striped bass in the Estuary – defined as the Pennsylvania/Delaware state line upstream to the Calhoun Street Bridge – was reduced to one fish from Jan. 1 through March 31 and from June 1 through Dec. 31. 

Fish must be at least 28 inches. For the remaining two months, from April 1 through May 31, the slot length limit was changed to 21-25 inches. During this two-month period, the creel limit will remain at two fish per day.

In the Delaware River upstream of the Estuary – defined as upstream from the Calhoun Street Bridge – the creel limit for striped bass was reduced from two fish to one. The river is open year-round with a minimum size of 28 inches.

Public comments on the proposed rulemaking orders will be accepted for 30 days after the notices are published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin. Comments can be submitted to the Fish & Boat Commission through its website at: http://fishandboat.com/reg398.htm.

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