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Just passing along some information I picked up earlier this week at the Great Lakes Fisheries Commission (GLFC) Lake Erie Committee(LEC) meeting in Port Huron.

Taken from "Status of the Fisheries in Michigan Waters of Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair:"
Walleye in Lake Erie are managed cooperatively with other jurisdictions under a harvest quota system. Reduced spawning success for walleye in Lake Erie has resulted in lower adult walleye abundance in recent years and this trend appears likely to continue. Consequently, walleye harvest quotas will be lower for several years. The daily walleye bag limit in Michigan waters of Lake Erie will remain at 5 fish daily with 1 additional fish, for a total daily limit of 6 fish for 2003. This results in consistent Michigan walleye size and daily bag limits for Michigan waters from the St. Clair River to Lake Erie. However, due to harvest exceeding the quota for the Michigan Lake
Erie sport fishery in 2002, and low walleye abundances and quotas expected in 2004, the walleye sport fishing regulations in the Great Lakes and connecting waters of Southeast Michigan will likely become more restrictive by 2004.

Taken from "Progress Report for 2002 by the Lake Erie Walleye Task Group, March 2003"
Review of Walleye Fisheries in 2002
Fishery effort and walleye harvest data were combined for all jurisdictions and Management Units to produce lakewide estimates. The 2002 total estimated lakewide harvest of walleye was approximately 2.4 million fish, a 17% decline from 2.9 million in 2001, and was the lowest harvest since 1978. The total harvest represented about 71% of the Total Allowable Catch (TAC) of 3.4 million and included walleye caught incidentally in commercial fisheries for other species. The sport harvest of 1 million fish was the lowest sport harvest since 1976 and represents a decline of 31% from 2001. Commercial harvest of walleye declined 5% to 1.4 million in 2002, and was a continuation of a significant drop since 1998. The commercial harvest was the lowest since 1983 and only 65% of the 1975 - 2002 mean.

Mini, Great meeting you there on Tuesday. Nice to be able to put a face to the name. I'll let you know when we get a date set for the LE&SCFAC meeting in late may.
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