Senate approves looser fish farm regulations

Wild common carp (Cyprinus carpio). Wild life animal.
Wild common carp (Cyprinus carpio). Wild life animal.(WSAW)
Published: May. 10, 2017 at 7:36 PM CDT
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The state Senate has approved a bill that would loosen fish farm regulations.

Under the Republican proposal, fish farms wouldn't need permits to discharge material into a wetland if the wetland was created for fish farming. Natural water bodies could serve as fish farms and farms wouldn't need permits to construct or enlarge artificial water bodies connected to a navigable waterway.

New permit conditions would be prohibited unless needed to meet water quality standards. The bill also would require a review of rules on viral hemorrhagic septicemia, a deadly fish disease.

The Senate approved the bill on a voice vote Wednesday. The Assembly passed the bill last week. It now goes to Gov. Scott Walker. Asked if he would sign it, his spokesman said only that Walker would review it.