In July 2015, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries released for public comment the draft “Virginia Stocked Trout Management Plan” for 2016-2025. The draft plan was produced by VDGIF, the Virginia Tech Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation, and citizens on stakeholder advisory committee. According to the VDGIF Web site on the plan, “The Plan provides broad guidance for the Board of Game and Inland Fisheries and VDGIF staff for managing stocked trout waters. The Plan informs, but not replaces, the existing process for setting seasons and regulations. Development of the Plan is part of a larger process of evaluating the VDGIF stocked trout program, which will address the following questions: What can be done to improve angler satisfaction with trout fishing and management in Virginia? Why are trout license sales declining? How many stocked trout do anglers catch and harvest?”
More information and a place to submit comments are available online at http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/fishing/trout/management-plan/; or contact Vic DiCenzo, Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation (MC 0321), Virginia Tech, 310 West Campus Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24061.
VDGIF plans to hold public-comment meetings in September and October 2015.