Committee Approves Wentling, Harkins Bill to Cast Wider Net for Lake Erie Fishing Permit Project Funding Options
11/21/2019
HARRISBURG – On Tuesday, the state House Game and Fisheries Committee approved House Bill 1187, introduced by Reps. Parke Wentling (R-Crawford/Erie/Lawrence/Mercer) and Patrick Harkins (D-Erie), which would broaden the allocation of proceeds from Lake Erie fishing permits or stamps issued by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

“Put simply, the purpose of our legislation is to expand the types of fishing-related projects, such as marina improvements, installing additional fish cleaning stations and many other angler attracting incentives, that can be funded through revenue generated by the sale of Lake Erie fishing permits,” said Wentling. “Once enacted, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission would have greater flexibility in determining the best ways to invest these funds to improve and expand public fishing opportunities at Lake Erie, Presque Isle Bay and their tributaries.”

Current law restricts the use of funds from sales of this combination trout/salmon Lake Erie fishing permit to habitat and fishing access improvement. Lake Erie stamps have generated roughly $600,000 to $700,000 in annual revenue since 1994.

“We have been working on this legislation for the last six years and it is great to finally see some light at the end of the tunnel,” said Harkins. “It has been a pleasure to work with the many stakeholders to make sure that their wishes and concerns are considered. There is always a great need along the shores of Lake Erie to make sure our sportsmen and women have the best opportunities available.”

House Bill 1187 now goes to the full House for consideration.

Representative Parke Wentling
17th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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