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1 A STAKEHOLDER-CENTERED APPROACH TO RESOLVING CONFLICT IN FISHERIES MANAGEMENT: REFLECTIONS ON THE LEPMAG PROCESS C OLLABORATIVE M ODELLING J u n e 5, R ENEÉ R EILLY, A A R O N B E R G E R, M A T T C A T A L A N O, M I K E J O N E S, L I S A P E T E R S O N, J O H N S Y S L O, Q U A N T I T A T I V E F I S H E R I E S C E N T E R, M I C H I G A N S T A T E U N I V E R S I T Y

2 OVERVIEW History of percid management in Lake Erie Development of a stakeholder-centered approach Review of the LEPMAG Process Walleye focus Updates: where we are Walleye Yellow Perch Looking forward

3 HISTORY OF WALLEYE MANAGEMENT IN 19 Harvest moratorium LAKE ERIE 1976 International quotas introduced 2004 Consensus among agencies over walleye harvest was reached & then breached Varying degrees of contention among stakeholders & between stakeholders and managers

4 DEVELOPMENT OF STAKEHOLDER-CENTERED APPROACH 2005 Walleye Management Plan 2010 LEC initiated Lake Erie Percid Management Advisory Group (LEPMAG) Stakeholders, fishery managers, agency fishery biologists, stock assessment specialists, & modelers Formally incorporates information provided by stakeholders into the decision-making process

5 THE LEPMAG PROCESS ~35 members Series of 14 meetings ( ); full day discussions Management objectives Current assessment models Potential refinements/results modeling team from Outside experts Develop performance metrics

6 LEPMAG TERMS OF REFERENCE VISION STATEMENT Lake Erie percid fisheries will be transparently managed using sound science & partnerships to achieve stable & sustainable harvests from shared stocks providing broad & equitable benefits for all jurisdictions. RULES OF ENGAGEMENT

7 LAKE ERIE PERCID FISHERIES Primary objectives: Minimize economic risk to commercial fishers Maintain acceptable catch rates for recreational fishers Minimize risk of low spawning stock abundance Primary approach: Adjusting fishing rates for commercial & recreational fisheries

8 MANAGEMENT STRATEGY EVALUATION Process is based on objective evaluation of the management system Model of entire management system Evaluate performance of alternative management procedures Account for uncertainties

9 MANAGEMENT STRATEGY EVALUATION Management procedures Model of walleye population Forecast of what we observe Observation uncertainty Model of management action Outcome uncertainty Model Uncertainty and Natural Variation Forecast of what actually happens

10 Fishing mortality rate (% of F msy ) 100 Limit: biomass, relative to maximum, below which fishing rate should be reduced (e.g., 20, 30, %) Target: fishing rate, relative to F msy, when stock is not below the limit (e.g.,, 75, 100%) Target reference point Harvest control rule Limit reference point Stock biomass (% of maximum)

11 LEPMAG HARVEST POLICY ANALYSIS Policy determines target fishing mortality Depends on assessed stock biomass Uses target & limit reference points Explicitly accounts for risk

12 Spawner Biomass (kg, millions) Spawner Biomass % SSB0 30% SSB0 % SSB0 B-limit F-target: -% of F MSY P*:.05,.3,.1, Maximum F (% of Fmsy)

13 Spawner Biomass (kg, millions) Spawner Biomass % SSB0 30% SSB0 % SSB0 P*:.05,.1,.3,.5 B-limit F-target: -% of F MSY P*:.05,.3,.1, Maximum F (% of Fmsy)

14 Spawner Biomass (kg, millions) Spawner Biomass % SSB0 30% SSB0 % SSB0 B-limit F-target: -% of F MSY P*:.05,.3,.1, Maximum F (% of Fmsy)

15 Spawner Biomass (kg, millions) Spawner Biomass % SSB0 30% SSB0 % SSB0 B-limit F-target: -% of F MSY P*:.05,.3,.1, Maximum F (% of Fmsy)

16 Pounds of Walleye (millions) Mean Commercial Yield 20% SSB0 30% SSB0 % SSB0 20 B-limit 15 F-target: -% of F MSY P*:.05,,.1,.3, Maximum F (% of Fmsy)

17 P(angler CPH < 0.4) 0.7 Emergent trade-offs Target F as % F MSY P(commercial yield < 4 million lbs)

18 P(angler CPH < 0.4) 0.7 Emergent trade-offs Target F as % F MSY P(commercial yield < 4 million lbs)

19 P(angler CPH < 0.4) 0.7 Emergent trade-offs Target F as % F MSY P(commercial yield < 4 million lbs)

20 P(angler CPH < 0.4) Emergent trade-offs Target F as % F MSY P(commercial yield < 4 million lbs)

21 P(angler CPH < 0.4) Emergent trade-offs Target F as % F MSY P(commercial yield < 4 million lbs)

22 P(angler CPH < 0.4) Emergent trade-offs Target F as % F MSY P(commercial yield < 4 million lbs)

23 P(angler CPH < 0.4) Emergent trade-offs Target F as % F MSY LEPMAG Recommended Target F: P(commercial yield < 4 million lbs) % of MSY

24 WHERE THE PROCESS IS NOW: WALLEYE Based on LEPMAG recommendations: Updated assessment model adopted New HCR formally adopted First applied during the 2014 quota-setting process for Lake Erie walleye 2015 Walleye Management Plan

25 THE LEPMAG PROCESS Facilitate the understanding among stakeholders of shared management goals Provide a forum for discussion of concerns & areas of risk for conflict Build trust in the fisheries management process

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