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Monday, January 25 • 10:40am - 11:00am
A Lesson In Success: The Story of The Modeling Subcommittee

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AUTHORS: Dave Caroffino*, Michigan Department of Natural Resources; Steve Lenart, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

ABSTRACT: The 2000 Consent Decree is a federal court approved document that allocates fishery resources between the State of Michigan and five Native American Tribes, and dictates management of those fisheries by the State, tribes, and U.S. Federal Government in the 1836 Treaty-ceded waters of the Great Lakes. The Decree established a Modeling Subcommittee (MSC) that is responsible for monitoring populations of lake whitefish and lake trout and implementing the prescribed management regime contained within the Decree. The MSC membership is comprised of biologists from each of the tribes, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as well as technical experts from Michigan State University. This group has excelled in their core duties for more than 15 years and is the highlight of the 2000 Consent Decree. While members represent groups with differing ideas on policy and management, the biologists leave those differences at the door and come together, focused on the shared goals of data collection, summary, and analysis that result in biologically sound recommendations for management. The expertise within and the success of the MSC has led to numerous outside requests for the data that are produced and attracted biologists from other states and Ontario to participate with the group. The MSC is a model of what collaboration should look like, and the keys to their success should be duplicated when establishing partnerships between agencies.

Monday January 25, 2016 10:40am - 11:00am EST