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The following schedule is from the 72nd Annual Conference of the Southeastern Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies which was held October 21-24, 2018 in Mobile, Alabama. 
Tuesday, October 23 • 8:40am - 9:00am
SYMPOSIUM-05: Fisheries Management in the Information Age: Lessons Learned and New Opportunities

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AUTHORS: Adam Martin, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources

ABSTRACT: Advances in communication have allowed an unprecedented level of connectivity throughout the developed world. Resource agencies now have the opportunity to interact with the public instantly, but very few are fully utilizing this powerful tool. Traditional forms of communication still have their place in fisheries management, however, if used correctly, digital communication could be the most useful management tool ever used by biologists. Far too often the work of resource agencies is seen as secretive because we do such a poor job of communicating with the public. Proper communication techniques can be used to eliminate conflicts quickly, while furthering the management goals of the agency. Invasive species can be an extremely controversial issue that often makes the public and the agency feel as though they are on opposite sides. We will present examples of how to engage the public on controversial issues such as invasive species in ways that encourage partnership and decrease conflicts. By presenting real world examples, we hope to show that digital communication can be a more powerful management tool than any traditional policy or regulation.

Tuesday October 23, 2018 8:40am - 9:00am
Grand Bay II

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