Salmon Stocking Survey Results

Hello,

Thank you for taking time to respond to the 2012 Lake Michigan Salmon Stocking Survey or expressing interest in survey results.

The results are now available and are being considered along with biological data and other factors as managers move toward a decision on future stocking policy.  Survey results for the four options presented at the April 14 public meeting were as follows:

  • OPTION 1: 50% reduction in Chinook salmon stocking for 2013.
    • Average Rating:  FAIR (1.97)
    • Ranking: 69% WORST, 11% BEST
  • OPTION 2: 50% reduction in Chinook salmon stocking for 2013; automatically adjust stocking in future based on feedback policy.
    • Average Rating: between FAIR and NEUTRAL (2.61)
    • Ranking: 2% WORST, 20% BEST
  • OPTION 3: 30% reduction in Chinook salmon stocking and 10% reduction in coho salmon, steelhead, and brown trout stocking for 2013; automatically adjust stocking in future based on feedback policy.
    • Average Rating: NEUTRAL (2.96)
    • Ranking: 8% WORST, 15% BEST
  • OPTION 4: 30% reduction in Chinook salmon stocking and 10% reduction in coho salmon, steelhead, brown trout, and lake trout stocking for 2013; automatically adjust stocking in future based on feedback policy.
    • Average Rating: between NEUTRAL and GOOD (3.28)
    • Ranking: 20% WORST, 54% BEST

A majority (55%) of people who took the survey did not feel the four options could be improved upon, but 15% proposed greater reductions in stocking and 18% proposed lesser reductions in stocking.  With five species being considered and a wide range of opinions expressed there was not a clear-cut consensus among stakeholders regarding the perfect option.  However, 97% of respondents agreed that Chinook salmon stocking should be reduced to some extent.

For full details see the fact sheet at:

http://www.miseagrant.umich.edu/downloads/fisheries/stocking/12-716-Salmon-Stocking-Survey.pdf

 

Dan O’Keefe, Ph.D.

Southwest District Extension Educator

Michigan Sea Grant

Michigan State University Extension

12220 Fillmore St., Suite 122

West Olive, MI 49456

phone – (616) 994-4580

fax – (616) 994-4579

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