This amendment clarifies regulations for the St. Francis River, as outlined in a reciprocal agreement with the State of Arkansas, and corrects an inaccurate reference in the authority section of the rule.
Title 3 – Department of Conservation
Division 10 – Conservation Commission
[(3) Regulations of the state where the fisherman is licensed shall apply in the St. Francis River.]
[(4)](3) Commercial fishermen not licensed in Missouri may not fish in the tributaries, bayous, or backwaters of commercial waters; nor may they fish from or attach any device or equipment to land under the jurisdiction of Missouri. Fishermen who hold Arkansas or Illinois licenses, when fishing in waters in which they are not licensed to fish by Missouri, shall comply with the most restrictive laws and regulations of the two (2) states.
[(5)](4) All reciprocal privileges shall be contingent upon a grant of like privileges by the appropriate neighboring state to the duly licensed commercial fishermen of Missouri[; provided, that reciprocal commercial fishing privileges on the St. Francis River are limited to residents of Missouri].
AUTHORITY: sections 40 and 45 of Art. IV, Mo. Const. and section [252.240]252.040, RSMo 2016. Original rule filed March 14, 1973, effective March 24, 1973. For intervening history, please consult the Code of State Regulations. Amended: Filed March 2, 2020.
PUBLIC COST: This proposed amendment will not cost state agencies or political subdivisions more than five hundred dollars ($500) in the aggregate.
PRIVATE COST: This proposed amendment will not cost private entities more than five hundred dollars ($500) in the aggregate.
NOTICE TO SUBMIT COMMENTS: Anyone may file a statement in support of or in opposition to this proposed amendment with Regulations Committee Chairman, Department of Conservation, P.O. Box 180, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0180, or via the department’s website at https://short.mdc.mo.gov/Z49. To be considered, comments must be received within thirty (30) days after publication of this notice in the Missouri Register. No public hearing is scheduled.