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Independent Expert Panel Completes Lake Nipissing Fisheries Review

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An independent panel of expert scientists has found Ontario’s current fisheries monitoring and recovery practices to be the best option to stabilize and recover the walleye fishery.

In April 2016, the province commissioned an internationally-recognized group of scientists to review walleye management practices on Lake Nipissing. The independent panel has compiled its findings in its report, entitled “External Review of Lake Nipissing’s Walleye Fishery and Management.”

The panel, led by Dr. Michael Jones from Michigan State University and including fisheries experts from universities and agencies across the United States and Canada, examined trends in the walleye population as well as fishing effort and harvest, and assessed current biological modelling methods and actions to protect the fishery.

In its report, the panel also made recommendations for the management of a sustainable fishery, including work to enhance the understanding of Lake Nipissing’s walleye recruitment and continuing to refine sampling methods. The province is currently reviewing the panel’s recommendations and will update its population monitoring and tracking to reflect these.

To request a copy of the full report, please contact the local North Bay District Office at 705-475-5550.

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“The review indicates that the current recreational fishing regulation for walleye supports population recovery by protecting young fish, and that walleye population recovery is achievable if continued efforts to limit walleye harvest below the current recommended safe harvest level are maintained.”

Dr. Michael Jones

Professor and fisheries scientist, Michigan State University Quantitative Fisheries Centre