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Northern Pike and Walleye Management Frameworks

Alberta Environment and Parks Policy and Operations Divisions for Fisheries Management have identified the need to update the province’s Fisheries Management Program to align with Alberta’s Fish Conservation and Management Strategy.

As part of this fisheries management initiative, we have developed draft Recreational Fisheries Management Frameworks for Northern Pike and Walleye.

  • In Phase One of this project, we received public feedback on key management questions such as catch and release, Special Harvest Licences, season length and other discussion items.

  • In Phase Two, we asked for your feedback on these draft management frameworks.

  • In Phase Three, we consulted on some of the waters where fish populations are at a low to moderate risk status for long-term sustainability, and where new Recreational Fisheries Management Objectives (RFMO) are being proposed.

Consultation Phase IV: Survey Feedback Review and Results

A summary of the feedback we received during this consultation is now available. See the What We Heard Tab below for details.

Alberta Environment and Parks Policy and Operations Divisions for Fisheries Management have identified the need to update the province’s Fisheries Management Program to align with Alberta’s Fish Conservation and Management Strategy.

As part of this fisheries management initiative, we have developed draft Recreational Fisheries Management Frameworks for Northern Pike and Walleye.

  • In Phase One of this project, we received public feedback on key management questions such as catch and release, Special Harvest Licences, season length and other discussion items.

  • In Phase Two, we asked for your feedback on these draft management frameworks.

  • In Phase Three, we consulted on some of the waters where fish populations are at a low to moderate risk status for long-term sustainability, and where new Recreational Fisheries Management Objectives (RFMO) are being proposed.

Consultation Phase IV: Survey Feedback Review and Results

A summary of the feedback we received during this consultation is now available. See the What We Heard Tab below for details.

  • Draft Recreational Fisheries Management Frameworks for Northern Pike and Walleye - What We Heard

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    The consultation for the Draft Recreational Fisheries Management Frameworks for Northern Pike and Walleye are now complete. Thank you to all who participated in this engagement and who shared their insights and feedback.

    For a summary of what we heard, see:

    Summary Highlights By the Numbers

    Special Harvest Licences

    Support for a Special Harvest License approach to northern pike and walleye recreational fisheries management was strong, with roughly three-quarters of respondents supporting the use of such licenses in walleye fisheries, and two-thirds of respondents supporting their use for northern pike fisheries.

    Special Harvest Licenses

    When asked to describe their preferences for walleye and northern pike fishing, survey respondents shared the following:

    • Strong support (91 per cent) for catch and release restrictions or fisheries closures to ensure fish species recovery.
    • General support (70 per cent) for special harvest license use in areas with short fishing seasons to mitigate the effects of overfishing.
    • Good support (75 per cent) for active and passive fisheries management for lakes.
    • General preference (67 per cent) for careful management of remote lakes over liberal harvest strategies.

    For additional details on what we heard from engagement respondents, review the Survey Results Report linked above.

    The consultation for the Draft Recreational Fisheries Management Frameworks for Northern Pike and Walleye are now complete. Thank you to all who participated in this engagement and who shared their insights and feedback.

    For a summary of what we heard, see:

    Summary Highlights By the Numbers

    Special Harvest Licences

    Support for a Special Harvest License approach to northern pike and walleye recreational fisheries management was strong, with roughly three-quarters of respondents supporting the use of such licenses in walleye fisheries, and two-thirds of respondents supporting their use for northern pike fisheries.

    Special Harvest Licenses

    When asked to describe their preferences for walleye and northern pike fishing, survey respondents shared the following:

    • Strong support (91 per cent) for catch and release restrictions or fisheries closures to ensure fish species recovery.
    • General support (70 per cent) for special harvest license use in areas with short fishing seasons to mitigate the effects of overfishing.
    • Good support (75 per cent) for active and passive fisheries management for lakes.
    • General preference (67 per cent) for careful management of remote lakes over liberal harvest strategies.

    For additional details on what we heard from engagement respondents, review the Survey Results Report linked above.