Red Lake fishery management agreement renewed

Red Lake fishery management agreement renewed Click to Enlarge

Minnesota’s DNR, along with the Red Lake Nation and Bureau of Indian Affairs signed a new 10-year memorandum of understanding Wednesday, outlining continued cooperative management of the walleye population in Upper and Lower Red Lake.

The signing was held at a ceremony in Red Lake.

The new M-O-U closely parallels previous 1999-through-2019 agreements that facilitated restoration of high-quality walleye fishing to Minnesota’s largest inland body of water.

The agreement states that each entity will support the Red Lake Fisheries Technical Committee, a joint panel of experts that recommends policies and practices to maintain a healthy fishery.

Historically, Upper and Lower Red Lake was a highly productive walleye fishery, but it collapsed in the mid-1990s due to over-harvest. The Red Lake Fisheries Technical Committee was formed in 1997.

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