Governor Walker's Walleye Initiative Gains Support

By KBJR News 1

Artist: Stuart Nelson

May 29, 2013 Updated May 29, 2013 at 12:04 PM CDT

Madison, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's plan to increase the amount of walleye in Wisconsin lakes has won approval from the state Joint Finance Committee.

The committee showed their support for the initiative in a unanimous 16-0 vote Wednesday morning.

Walker's plan includes $8.2 million in existing unencumbered bonding authority to expand fish hatchery capacities.

It also includes $2 million over biennium for a competitive grant program for private organizations to expand walleye production and to cover operational costs.

Under the initiative, production is estimated to increase from 60,0000-120,00 large walleye fingerlings to well over 500,000 by 2016.

Walker issued a statement on the Joint Finance Committee's support for the initiative saying "The Wisconsin Walleye Initiative is a historic investment aimed at improving Wisconsin's lakes and supporting our tourism and fishing industries. These long term improvements help to preserve and protect our natural resources for future generations to enjoy. I thank members of the Joint Finance Committee for their unanimous, bipartisan support of the initiative."

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