Lawmakers extend VHS rules in WisconsinMADISON (AP) — Emergency rules to contain a deadly fish virus will remain in place for another two months.
MADISON (AP) — Emergency rules to contain a deadly fish virus will remain in place for another two months.
Regulations to slow the spread of VHS were set to expire Monday. But the Legislature’s rules committee unanimously voted Wednesday to extend them.
Lawmakers had objected to the regulations because they prohibited anglers from removing live fish from any Wisconsin water body. Dead fish can still be moved.
Lawmakers say those provisions forced anglers to buy new bait minnows for every outing even if they planned to return to the same waters. The Natural Resources Board compromised and amended the rules to allow reuse of the minnows on the same waters last month.