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Effort to Boost Wis. Walleye Production Wins Approval

Posted at: 05/29/2013 10:44 AM
Updated at: 05/29/2013 11:02 AM

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A roughly $13 million plan to boost walleye production in Wisconsin supported by Gov. Scott Walker has won approval by the Legislature's budget-writing committee.

The plan unanimously approved Wednesday by the Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee includes more than $8 million in bonding to pay for expanding fish hatcheries to increase walleye production.

It also includes $2 million for grants for private organizations to expand walleye production as well as money for aquaculture work, buying fingerlings from private vendors and expanding a program that gives tribal youth jobs on natural resources-related projects.

Walker's office has said the initiative will boost walleye to more than 500,000 annually by 2016.

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