Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56 Page 57 Page 58 Page 59 Page 6026 Partnering in resource management The Ojibwe bands and GLIFWC work in cooperation with state, federal and local orga- nizations on resource management because the resources are shared. The ceded territories are vast and so are the natural resources within them. Cooperative management efforts often result in a more comprehensive knowledge of those resources, building a better foundation for in- formed management decisions by all concerned. The cooperative assessment of walleye populations in Wisconsin by the Joint Assess- ment Steering Committee is a prime example of cooperative management in action. Fishery assessment crews and electrofishing boats from the US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS), the WDNR, the Bad River, Mole Lake, and St. Croix Bands, and GLIFWC all participate in large-scale population surveys for walleye in Wisconsin’s ceded territory every spring and fall. The data collected from these surveys are exchanged and reviewed through interagency technical commit- tees and provide a basis for state and tribal biolo- gists to monitor walleye populations and jointly calculate lake-specific safe harvest levels for them each year. Cooperative walleye population assessments resulted from the work of the late Senator Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), formerly chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, who sought to end the violent controversy in Wisconsin over spearfishing. Inouye, with the support of the Wisconsin Congressional delegation, secured funding for a joint assessment of lakes in northern Wisconsin to determine whether tribal spearing was damaging the resources. The report from the joint assessment, entitled Casting Light Upon the Waters, was released in 1991 with theconclusionthattribalspearfish- ing was not damaging the fishery, but pressure on the fishery from many sources required ongoing, Spring and fall ogaa (walleye) assessments are performed on numerous walleye lakes throughout the Ceded Territory. In Wisconsin electrofishing crews from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources,theUSFishandWildlifeService,tribes, and GLIFWC work cooperatively to provide this comprehensive population assessment. The collec- ted data are shared and used as a basis for estab- lishing total allowable harvest figures. Pictured, a GLIFWC crew dips for fish, and a WDNR crew “works-up” its catch prior to releasing them back into the lake.