Strategic Management Plans
Maine's 2021–2035 Statewide Fisheries Management Plan
Comprehensive resource management planning was initiated within the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) in 1968 and has been continually refined and expanded over time. During the previous planning process, the Fisheries and Hatcheries Division sought the opinions of a Public Working Group to represent public desires for species management and to help develop much of the content contained within the plan. While this process was successful, it also had some shortcomings, most notably limited public involvement and goals that were sometimes difficult to implement and achieve when considering the state’s diverse fisheries resources.
For the 2021–2035 plan, MDIFW contracted with Responsive Management (Harrisburg, Virginia) to conduct a formal scientific survey of license buyers and gather an objective and truly representative public opinion of the Division’s management programs. This survey effort, which laid the groundwork for the development of the 2021–2035 plan, included over 1,200 individual responses from a combination of resident and non-resident anglers as well as comments from separate regional public meetings and focus groups. A steering committee comprised nearly entirely of non-MDIFW staff (included one member from MDIFW’s Warden Service) was also assembled to provide guidance and advice to the Division’s planning team throughout the planning process. In addition, the Division formed eight technical subcommittees that included members of the public and MDIFW staff. These subcommittees used a combination of information gathered during the Responsive Management survey as well as their own experiences and expertise to help identify future management needs. Division staff worked with the public subcommittee members to develop realistic goals, while also creating some flexibility to better accommodate site- and species-specific differences across the state.
Another significant update to the 2021–2035 planning process is the addition of a comprehensive summary of the Fisheries and Hatcheries Division’s structure, responsibilities, and operations (Volume II). Some of this material can be found in other documents and distributed throughout the Department’s website but has never been compiled into a single reference document. This information can be thought of as the who, what, where, when, and why of the Fisheries and Hatcheries Division. We hope that readers will find it valuable as a resource to help answer questions and increase awareness of the Division’s efforts to conserve and enhance freshwater fish populations throughout Maine.
Now in the final review stage, MDIFW is seeking additional feedback from the public through Monday, November 15. The plan is composed of three volumes which can be accessed at the links below. To share your feedback, please complete this online form.
In addition to providing input through the form, input can be submitted by emailing Matt Lubejko, Fisheries Planner and Research Coordinator at Matthew.Lubejko@maine.gov
The steering committee serves as the sounding board for MDIFW on both overall process and initial plan components and drafts, reviews and provides input on draft goals, objectives, and strategies that are developed by MDIFW and subcommittees, and provides feedback to MDIFW on time-sensitive issues involving the development of the plan.
Contact: Matt Lubejko, Coordinator of our 2021–2035 Fisheries Strategic Plan
- March 11, 2021
- March 3, 2020
- August 22, 2019
- May 19, 2016
- March 1, 2016
- December 9, 2015
Technical Work Groups
Technical work groups have been formed to assist MDIFW with identifying goals and action items for the 2021–2035 planning period. These work groups function under the guidance of MDIFW and the steering committee.
|Technical Work Groups||MDIFW Species Author||Work Group Chair|
|Arctic Charr||Frank Frost||Francis Brautigam|
|Baitfish and Rainbow Smelt||Kevin Dunham||Joe Overlock|
|Brook Trout||Tim Obrey||Francis Brautigam|
|Bass||Jason Seiders||Joe Overlock|
|Lake Trout||Greg Burr||Matt Lubejko|
|Lake Whitefish||Jeremiah Wood||Francis Brautigam|
|Landlocked Salmon||Liz Thorndike||Matt Lubejko|
|Nonnative Salmonids||Jim Pellerin||Joe Overlock|
- November 19, 2019
- November 20, 2019
- January 7, 2020 Landlocked Salmon Technical Work Group
- January 10, 2020 Lake Trout Technical Work Group
- January 10, 2020 Nonnative Salmonids Technical Work Group
- January 14, 2020 Baitfish and Rainbow Smelt Technical Work Group
- January 16, 2020 Bass Technical Work Group
- January 23, 2020 Lake Whitefish Technical Work Group
- January 30, 2020 Arctic Charr Technical Work Group
- Januray 31, 2020 Brook Trout Technical Work Group