Public input is needed on the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s (NGPC) fisheries division.
Seven meetings across the state will inform Nebraskans about a plan for the future of NGPC’s aquatic resources.
Daryl Bauer, fisheries outreach program manager, says they also want input from those who fish and those who do not.
“We’re always looking for ways we can do our job better,” Bauer tells Nebraska Radio Network. “We’re always thinking ahead and what the future is going to hold and what we need to be doing five, ten, twenty years down the road.”
By all accounts, the division is doing a good job, according to Bauer, but he says there are always challenges.
“Nebraska’s a big state with a diversity of resources, a diversity of fish species… and other aquatic organisms,” he points out. “Are we going to have enough opportunities for our citizens and visitors, and try to balance all the multiple uses, so there are just a lot of things going forward we need to be aware of and plan for.”
Bauer says most of the time for the hearings will be spent gathering input from Nebraskans, before finalizing a long-term plan in the coming months.
“How are we doing? What are we doing that they like? What things do they think we should be doing in the future? Share that with us so we can record that and incorporate it into the plan,” Bauer says.
The fisheries division includes biologists and researchers as well as a production section that operates five hatcheries.
Bauer says a final plan for the division should be completed around the first of the year.
The two-hour meetings will begin at 7 p.m. at the following locations:
- Oct. 3 – Scottsbluff, North Platte Natural Resources District (NRD), 100547 Airport Road
- Oct. 3 – Omaha, Papio-Missouri Rvr NRD, Chalco Hills Rec Area/Wehrspann Lake, 8901 S. 154th St.
- Oct. 3 – Norfolk, Lifelong Learning Center, 801 E. Benjamin Ave.
- Oct. 4 – North Platte, Mid-Plains Community College, 601 W. State Farm Road
- Oct. 4 – Valentine, Niobrara Lodge, 803 E. U.S. 20
- Oct. 5 – Kearney, E.R.C. Building, E. K. and Mary Yanney Heritage Park, 2020 W. 11th St.
- Oct. 6 – Lincoln, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, 4703 N. 44th St.