There will be a public meeting in Albuquerque on New Mexico fisheries management plan on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 6:00 to 7:00 PM.
The new plan includes management direction for specific waters, primary fish species and project priorities. The last comprehensive, statewide, fisheries management plan was adopted in 1987 and only covered sportfish.
The plan can be found on the department’s website at http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/commission/proposals-under-consideration.
Roswell: 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Sept. 30, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Southeast Area Office, 1912 W. Second Street, Roswell.
Las Cruces: 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Oct. 7, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Southwest Area Office, 2715 Northrise Drive, Las Cruces.
Raton: 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Oct. 8, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Northeast Area Office, 215 York Canyon Road, Raton.
Public comments can be sent by email to DGF-StatewideFishPlan@state.nm.us. Please submit comments by October 31, 2015. For further information please contact Kirk Patten, Assistant Chief of Fisheries, at 505-476-8055.
The plan is very comprehensive and G&F has done a lot of very good work in evaluating and categorizing the New Mexico watersheds that support fish populations. In my opinion the plan could be improved if additional waters were designated catch and release, for example the sections of the Chama below El Vado and Abiquiu dams. The wild trout in other streams that are also stocked with triploids could be catch and release while the stocked rainbows could be kept. There are plans for recreational stockings of RG Cutthroats in a number of streams, but I believe that the list should be expanded.
Go to the meeting and let your opinions be heard.