Michigan’s recreational fishing heritage and its sportfish need your help!

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Michigan’s recreational fishing heritage and its sportfish need your help!

 

The Coalition to Protect Michigan Resources (CPMR) is currently embroiled in a legal fight against the State of Michigan over its handling of the ongoing Great Lakes Consent Decree.

 

Please consider supporting Michigan’s sport fish by entering into our $100 50/50 Sport Fishing Raffle by contacting CPMR President Tony Radenjovich at leelanautical@gmail.com or 231-866-0053.

 

In our first court filing (click here to read), CPMR asserts: “The breakdown in the relationship with the State has gotten to the point that Intervenors believe the Great Lakes fishery resources are threatened through the abandonment of sound biological principles that we believe should guide decisions related to the fishery, abandonment of a roughly 50-50 shared allocation of the fishery set forth in the 2000 Decree and and abandonment of terms from the 2000 Decree that have allowed tribal commercial and state recreational fisheries to coexist for decades.”

 

On August 1, our legal team responded to the state’s opposition in another filing (click here to read), noting the state’s use of the non-disclosure agreement as a sword to thwart opposition rather than a shield as intended.

 

The coalition’s legal fees are thousands of dollars monthly and currently our A-share members (MCBA, MSSFA, MUCC and Hammond Bay Angers) are picking up the majority of the tab. With more filings expected, we need your help.

 

Please consider supporting our angling heritage by entering into our $100 50/50 Sport Fishing Raffle by contacting CPMR President Tony Radenjovich at leelanautical@gmail.com or 231-866-0053.

 

The 1985 and 2000 decrees govern fishing regulations in certain waters of lakes Michigan and Huron from Grand Haven north around the tip of the mitt to Alpena and most of eastern Lake Superior. Primarily, the current decree governs the balance between recreational and tribal commercial fishing of lake trout and whitefish in waters in the Treaty of 1836 through a zonal approach.

The Coalition to Protect Michigan Resources (CPMR) has its roots in a 1979 court ruling that affirmed rights under an 1836 Treaty. In 1984, the Coalition was granted amicus status as the first agreement on fishing rights was negotiated and has worked closely on each iteration of the decree since.

Please consider supporting Michigan’s recreational anglers by entering into our $100 50/50 Sport Fishing Raffle by contacting CPMR President Tony Radenjovich at leelanautical@gmail.com or 231-866-0053.

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