Administrative Rules Hearing Set for Sept. 14

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department will hold a public hearing to address proposed rule changes to North Dakota Administrative Code Title 30. The hearing is scheduled for 1:15 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 14 at the agency’s main office in Bismarck.

The purpose and explanation of the proposed rule changes are as follows:

Chapter 30-03-01.1 – Bait Vendors. Amendments are intended to redefine legal live bait thus eliminating the need for bait vendors who handle only terrestrial live bait to no longer be required to be licensed. Given the ongoing concerns of aquatic nuisance species, the penalty for transporting water without the required approval is increased to $200. The penalty for not maintaining proper records is also increased to $200. Anyone who has had a department issued license revoked or suspended in the last three years may not be licensed as a bait vendor – this is similar to current requirements for bait vendor assistants as well as outfitters and guides. The last change reduces the reporting requirements for those who are licensed and dealing in legal live aquatic bait. 

The proposed rule language may be reviewed at the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, 100 N. Bismarck Expressway, Bismarck, ND 58501-5095, or on the Department’s website at gf.nd.gov. A copy of the proposed rules may be requested in writing, or by calling 701-328-6305, or emailing ndgf@nd.gov. Written or oral comments on the proposed rules must be received by Sept. 24, 2017 for consideration.

Anyone who attends the public hearing and needs special facilities or assistance relating to a disability should contact the Game and Fish Department at least seven days before the public hearing.