Legislative / Judicial Committee

Type of Committee: Special / Ad-Hoc

Purpose:

  • To work with the appropriate agencies (Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC)) and legislators to introduce a bill to require an "all species" license for fishing sturgeon.
  • To meet and request of local prosecutors and judges to prosecute all poaching cases to the fullest extent of the law
  • Follow the progress of any active cases and request to be allowed to make a statement before the judge of the case or make a statement to the pre-sentence investigator.

GOALS:

  • To propose legislation to require an "all species" license for fishing sturgeon.
  • To see that anyone who poaches sturgeon is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

OBJECTIVES:

  • Develop a resolution through MUCC which would support a change in the law to require an "all species" license for fishing sturgeon.
  • Closely monitor the progress of any court cases involving sturgeon.
  • Communications with Report All Poaching (RAP) hot-line, the Cheboygan County Sheriff's Department, Michigan State Police and Civil Air Patrol during Annual Sturgeon Guarding Program.
  • REWARD – Local sport and fishing organizations, MDNR as well as this group will institute a reward fund for person(s) supplying information leading to the arrest and conviction of poachers.

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