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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. 
Wednesday, October 24 • 9:40am - 10:00am
Fisheries 4 Track: Developing a decision-support tool for evaluating the impacts of management decisions on the Gulf of Mexico red snapper resource

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AUTHORS:  Yuying Zhang, Florida International University; Daniel Goethel, Matthew Smith, Juan Agar – Southeast Fisheries Science Center; Laura Picariello, Texas Sea Grant,; Yong Chen, University of Maine; Luiz Barbieri, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; Chris Verlinde, Florida Sea Grant

ABSTRACT:  Red snapper (Lutjanus campechanus) supports one of the most important fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM), but the management of this resource has been controversial and contentious. Management strategy evaluation (MSE) has been proved to be a powerful tool in implementing strategic management decisions that have been vetted against a wide range of observation, process, assessment, and management uncertainty. In this project, a decision-support tool is being developed to help managers identify and explore alternate management regulations and associated tradeoffs. A web-based user-friendly interface has been added for end-users to set constraints, and to visualize the outcomes. It is expected that all stakeholders can use the decision-support tool to better understand the causes and consequences of a given regulation or harvest policy. The ultimate goal of this project is to improve our understanding of the GoM red snapper fishery, and optimize utilization of the resource. Although designed for red snapper, the MSE framework developed in this project will be easily adaptable to other GoM reef fish resources, and could be further modified as an ecosystem-based management tool for the entire reef fish complex.

Wednesday October 24, 2018 9:40am - 10:00am
Bon Secour Bay I

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