Marshall Helmberger
November 3, 2009

[efoods]Coast Guard officials in Duluth say they’re planning a major enforcement effort on federally-navigable waters throughout the border country, and the fallout to local outfitters, fishing guides and others who carry passengers for hire could be significant.

Word of the Coast Guard’s push was made official this week during a lightly-attended meeting in Tower. Mike Lebsack, commander of the Coast Guard’s Marine Safety Unit in Duluth told a small group of area fishing guides that they will be subject to federal licensing and other requirements if they operate on federally-navigable waters. That designation includes all of the big border lakes, such as Basswood, Crane, La Croix, and Namakan, as well as Lake Vermilion and Moose Lake, near Ely.

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