Posted July 20, 2018 06:37:16 Illinois is now the first state in the country to ban recreational fishing for all fish, as a part of its plan to reduce the state’s pollution and tackle a major threat to its marine environment.
The state Department of Natural Resources has been studying the effects of fishing in the Great Lakes for more than a decade and released its latest draft of a proposed rule on Wednesday.
The proposed rules would require fishing permits issued in the state to be valid for a minimum of five years, and that people using the waters of Illinois be licensed.
The proposal also would require permits issued to people under the age of 65 to be issued for a maximum of 10 years.
The move comes as the federal government is considering a proposal to regulate the sale of recreational fishing gear in the region, and the Obama administration is considering another proposal to ban commercial fishing in national parks and federal lands in the eastern U.S. The proposals have been backed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Department of Agriculture and the U.K.’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
“I am very concerned about our state’s fishing industry and the health of our environment,” Illinois Gov.
Bruce Rauner said in a statement.
“The proposed rules will put an additional burden on the fishermen of Illinois and other states, and will not only affect our fishermen, but our businesses, workers and the environment as well.”
The rules would also apply to people who are using recreational fishing equipment for non-commercial purposes.
The rules were released by the DNR under the direction of the governor, but the DNP had been trying to set up a task force on fishing, and it was announced in April that it had begun studying the issue.
In recent years, a number of states have banned recreational fishing in their waters for recreational purposes.
But the Illinois rule would apply to all fishing equipment.
In 2016, the state became the second in the U