LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas anglers will have two venues where they’ll get an opportunity to gather information and ask questions on proposed fishing regulations for 2011.Beginning on May 4, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will air its popular “Outdoor Hotline” on AETN. Sportsmen and women will be able to call a toll-free hotline with questions and comments that will be answered or discussed during the show. The show begins at 7 p.m. The TV show will be followed on May 6 by six public meetings. All of the meetings will begin at 7 p.m.
The number of meetings has been reduced from previous years in an effort to streamline the process and provide a more efficient system for gathering public comments. Statewide meetings have been poorly attended in recent years, and the reduction in the number of meetings and the move to a televised “town hall” style public meeting is an attempt to involve the public to a greater degree in AGFC’s regulations process.
The input meetings are part of the AGFC’s regulations-setting process, according to Mark Oliver, chief of fisheries. “Staff members will contribute suggestions, recommendations from both the public and the staff. They will be reviewed by the Commission’s Regulations Committee, then the rules for the next calendar year will be set by the Commission at its August meeting,” Oliver said.
Dates, locations and phone numbers are:
McMullan Lecture Hall
ASU Mountain Home Campus
1600 S. College
Rogers Activity Center
315 West Olive
Forest L. Wood Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center
600 East Lawson Road
AGFC Southeast Regional Office
771 Jordan Drive
C. Maurice Lewis Junior Natural Resources Complex
#2 Natural Resources Dr.
Bi-States Justice Building
100 North Stateline Avenue
To send in comments on the proposals, email at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail your comments to: AGFC Fisheries Proposals, 2 Natural Resources Dr., Little Rock, AR 72205.