In Alberta, we manage fisheries according to the Fish and Wildlife Policy for Alberta and the Fish Conservation and Management Strategy to ensure conservation and sustainability, to meet constitutional obligations to First Nations, and to provide recreational opportunities. Alberta utilizes a comprehensive, science-based fisheries management system where standardized fisheries assessments allow biologists to determine the status of the fish populations and the sustainability of fisheries. This information, along with feedback gathered in consultations with Albertans, is used to develop a Recreational Fish Management Objective and set fishing regulations (and identify other management actions).
Management frameworks for fish species outline the management approaches for achieving a desired population status and type of fishery (e.g. Sustainable Harvest, Old Growth) while considering other factors such as biological capability and limitations. Currently, the Northern Pike and Walleye Recreational Fisheries Management Frameworks are completed. These frameworks outline the range of recreational objectives and associated standard management tools to achieve the desired population and fisheries types.
Implementation of the Northern Pike and Walleye Recreational Management Frameworks and summary of year one survey results: What we heard
As part of Alberta’s fisheries management approach, Recreational Fisheries Management Frameworks were developed for both northern pike and Walleye. These Frameworks were rolled out in 2017-2018 in a three phase approach to obtain public feedback.
The final summary of all three phases, including the results of each lake survey can be found at:
Consulting with stakeholders about management decisions is an essential step in managing fish populations and fisheries in Alberta. Thank you for providing suggestions into the consultation approach and survey design. We have incorporated feedback we received into this year’s process.