Fish industry wants early notice of cod ban, but the state has not said how.
The two sides in the dispute have not made progress over cod laws or regulations, leaving the question of a fish-cruelty ban on the ballot with voters. But the Legislature’s leaders want the matter to be part of the November election ballot and have indicated they want to include it.
The ban — supported by a coalition of fishing industry groups including the Illinois State Sport Fishing Association and the Illinois Coalition of Fishermen — would make it illegal to hunt wild species — including cod — or eat or otherwise kill the fish caught by trawlers, harpooners or boat owners. It also would prohibit fish producers from using bait to lure cetaceans into the water where they are killed.
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The National Fish and Wildlife Federation also argued against the cod ban.
“What the public is seeing is a massive public-health disaster,” said Mark Dettwyler, president of the nonprofit national fish and wildlife foundation.
While the Illinois Department of State Fish and Boat Inspection is reviewing whether the proposed law would withstand legal scrutiny, some state officials say they have no worries about it.
John Dvorak of the Fish and Wildlife Department’s fishery division said it is up to the fishery board to develop a catch limit that works and that can be consistent with state and federal guidelines. Fish officials are reviewing the rulemaking process, he said.
If the measure passes, the state would be the first in the nation to implement a fish-cruelty ban on commercial operations.
But it would be the first in the nation to allow trawlers to capture and sell fish with cod caught after Sept. 1, 1996, when the state approved cod regulations, said state Sen. Pat McGuire, D-Chicago.
The state would allow for sales of cod caught after Jan. 1, 1998.
“No one, including fishermen, will be allowed to harvest, sell and호 게임 treat cod under any circumstances,” McGuire said.