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Quality sunfish initiative

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In 2020, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MN DNR) implemented a new program called the Quality Sunfish Initiative or QSI. QSI is the result of an angler-driven concern over the declining size of sunfish in Minnesota lakes. In an angler questionnaire, a majority of anglers indicated that they were in favor of implementing special regulations in an attempt to maintain or improve sunfish populations. MN DNR biologists evaluated existing special regulations and determined that lowering daily bag limits can produce quality Sunfish. Angler harvest is frequently the most important factor affecting sunfish size, and in most cases, if anglers want larger sunfish, they need to keep fewer. The prevalent use of electronic fish finders and other technological advancements combined with rapid social media communication also heightened those concerns.

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