Strategic Management Plans

Maine's 2021–2035 Statewide Fisheries Management Plan

Angler casting line

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) initiated comprehensive planning in 1968 and have refined and expanded the process with each planning update. In the past, the Department developed separate statewide management plans for each fish species. In 2019-2020, MDIFW will collaborate with Maine citizens to develop a new Statewide Fisheries Management Plan, with a different format from our historic individual species plans. This Plan will outline the statewide goals, objectives, and strategies for the Departments Fisheries Management Program, including content on individual fish species as well as larger issues such as angler access, management of invasive species, and the hatchery program. MDIFW contracted with Responsive Management (Harrisburg, VA) in 2016 to conduct a formal scientific survey of anglers and to host regional public meetings and focus groups. In addition to providing a representative sample of the attitudes and opinions of Maine's resident and non-resident anglers, this survey information is being used to help guide the Plan's development.  A steering committee will provide guidance and advice to MDIFW during the development of the Plan and species-specific subcommittees will work on certain aspects of the Plan under the guidance of the steering committee. For more information, review our Management Plan Operational Charter (PDF).

Please check out the links below for more information on the planning process. If you have questions about the process or would like to submit comments, please contact the appropriate person below.


Steering Committee

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

Steering Committee Members (PDF)

Past Meetings


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

Past Meetings


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