State parks and wildlife officials to brief locals on State of the Fish in meeting next week |

State parks and wildlife officials to brief locals on State of the Fish in meeting next week

Fishing is a fundamental part of Grand County’s history, culture and economic vitality and next week local citizens will get an opportunity to hear about the current state of the high county’s aquatic species directly from the individuals who oversee their management at a Colorado Parks and Wildlife State of the Fish meeting.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife has scheduled a pair of meetings next week as an opportunity to engage in what state officials termed “constructive conversations” about angling, aquatic species and the rules and regulations that govern the two topics. According to a press release from CPW the event will feature “agency biologists and managers” who “will be available to answer questions about eh current status of local fisheries, and future managing plans.”

Grand County’s State of the Fish meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 27 at the Granby Library Meeting Room in Granby. The second meeting will be held in Summit County on March 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Summit County Community and Senior Center.

Jon Ewert, who serves as the aquatic biologist for CPW in Middle Park, said the meeting will function as a “data workshop” and hopes the meeting will help encourage “discussion and interaction” between CPW and local anglers.

“Anglers will have the opportunity to call out a body of water and then I will provide data, stocking records and future plans about that fishery, followed by an open discussion,” Ewert said. “Unfortunately, there is often quite a bit of misinformation that gets churned up in the rumor mill. Meetings like this are important because this is where the public can learn the exact reason certain decisions had to be made, or get the most accurate information about the future of their favorite fishing areas directly from those making the decisions.”

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