AUGUSTA, Maine -- A panel comprised of five people has begun its work to assist the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife's in conducting an assessment of Maine's inland fisheries management program. The panel will evaluate prospective contractors to assess and evaluate all aspects of the inland fisheries management program.
The panel is comprised of five people representing various interests in the management of fisheries resources and aquatic habitats. The committee includes:
Among the topics the committee will review will include planning and budgeting; staffing; leadership and technical skills; laws, rules and policies governing the program; decision making processes; and resource management and public involvement practices.
A grant from the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund and monies from other sporting organizations within the state fund the review. The panel met for the first time on March 7, and will continue to be meet through the year. The commissioner of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife will submit a report to the next legislature presenting the findings and recommendations of the panel next January.
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