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Gov. Walker calls for nearly $13 million to boost walleye productionSubmitted: 05/22/2013
Story By The Associated Press

MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker has announced a nearly $13 million effort to boost walleye production.

The plan calls for $8.2 million in borrowing authority to expand hatcheries, $1.8 million for operating expenses over the next two fiscal years and $2 million for grants for private organizations to expand walleye production.

The plan also includes money for the University of Wisconsin Extension to continue aquaculture work, acquiring walleye fingerlings from organizations and expanding a program that gives tribal youth the chance to work on natural resources-related projects.

Walker's office said in a statement released Wednesday the initiative will boost production from 60,000-120,000 fingerlings to more than 500,000 by 2016.

The statement didn't include any details about where Walker would find the money. The plan isn't part of his executive budget.

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