Appendix V. This is a summary of all the action items, indicating an average importance score from the BBMP Team and TAG group (1-5, with one being the highest priority). Timeline (s=short, m=medium, l=long to begin working). Authority indicates if we can do independently (Yes), or need to work through other agencies or get rule/policy changes made before implementing. Cost and man-power indicate if we can divert existing resources to complete the action or need to solicit additional funds or staff (this may be via volunteers, partnerships, donations, grants etc.). Responsisble parties indicates divisions or other groups that must work together to accomplish the action.

ACTION ITEMS

SCORE

TIME-LINE

Auth-ority

Cost

Man Power

Responsible Parties

New Opportunities







1. Pursue public access to reservoirs during their planning phase, and develop management plans and agreements with water management districts and the Corps of Engineers (COE) to produce appropriate trophy black bass fisheries.

2

S

Y

Y

Y

DFFM, WMDs and COE

2. Make it easy for the public to find places to fish and freshwater public access (e.g., ramps, piers, shoreline access) using electronic and print media.

2

S

Y

Y

Y

LE, IT,FWRI and DFFM

3. Formalize partnerships with WMDs, federal, local, and state governmental agencies, and private landowners to enhance public access.

1

M

Y

Y

Y

LE, DFFM and FWC Land-use Planning team

4. Help local communities to attract major bass tournaments by enhancing ramps and associated facilities that will benefit local economies and anglers.

3

S

Y

Y

Y

DFFM

5. Implement complete de-water renovations on aging reservoirs and lakes with water control structures to stimulate trophy largemouth bass fisheries.

2

L

N

Y

Y

DFFM, WMDs

6. Create contingency plans to enhance fisheries on water bodies that naturally experience rapid water level changes to provide long-term  benefits.

3

M

Y

N

Y

DFFM

7. Develop a network of special-opportunity trophy bass fishing areas, on water bodies not currently open to the public.

4

L

Y

Y

y

DFFM and Public collaborators

HABITAT Management







1. Prevent habitat degradation in areas of existing healthy habitat in collaboration with other agencies as needed.

1

L

N

N

N

DFFM, DEP

2. Manage native plants to create and maintain a symbiotic relationship between plants, fish, and people that will improve and sustain black bass fisheries.

1

L

Y

Y

Y

DFFM, HSC, DEP, WMDs

3. Implement FWC's new hydrilla-management position on specific waterbodies to improve largemouth bass fishing.

1

MS

Y

Y

Y

DFFM, HSC, HGM, COE, WMDs, DEP, some local and county governments

4. Partner with water management districts and the Corps of Engineers to develop new water regulation schedules and to monitor and recommend minimum flows and levels to help maintain healthy black bass populations.

2

L

Y

Y

N

DFFM, HSC, WMDs, DEP

5. Improve bass habitat conditions by manipulating water levels for fisheries enhancement purposes.

2

L

N

N

Y

DFFM, HSC, WMDs, COE, DEP, and FWS

6. Revegetate lakes where a high probability of successful expansion of native aquatic plants exists.

2

ML

N

Y

Y

DFFM, HSC, DEP, WMDs

7. Restore wetlands adjacent to potential fisheries to promote healthy lake waters and protect wetland wildlife communities.

2

L

Y

Y

Y

DFFM, DEP, WMDs, HSC

8. Create structural habitat in water bodies to increase/improve fishing opportunities in new water bodies.

3

M

Y

N

Y

DFFM, DEP, COE, WMDs

9. Create a substrate enhancement program that incorporates a FWC/volunteer run project to construct fish attractors to concentrate fish, and improve catch rates and angler satisfaction.

2

M

Y

Y

N

DFFM, DEP, WMDs

10. Adhere to and promote appropriate water quality standards to support black bass species.

3

L

Y

Y

Y

DFFM, HSC, DEP

11. Identify, protect and repair damaged habitat that is critical to sustain shoal and Suwannee bass populations.

2

L

N

Y

Y

DFFM, FWRI, HSC

FISH Management







1. Establish customized harvest regulations to manage black bass populations at selected water bodies.

2

M

Y

Y

Y

DFFM

2. Determine the potential effects of bed fishing on black bass populations.

1

L

Y

Y

Y

FWRI,DFFM

3. Ensure genetic diversity, fitness, and conservation of Florida largemouth bass.

1

S

Y

Y

Y

DFFM, HSC, FWRI, LE

4. Ensure the genetic integrity, fitness, and conservation of endemic black bass within Florida panhandle river systems.

3

M

Y

Y

Y

DFFM, FWRI

5. Stock fingerling (Phase-I; about 1-inch long) largemouth bass into new reservoirs and into lakes following major fish kills or droughts.

1

M

Y

Y

Y

DFFM

6. Stock advanced-sized (Phase-II, 4-6 inches) largemouth bass fingerlings into water bodies where recruitment is limited.

3

M

Y

Y

Y

DFFM, FWRI

7. Stock supplemental forage into small water bodies to improve growth rates of largemouth bass.

4

L

Y

Y

Y

DFFM

8. Manage impacts caused by exotic fish species on bass populations in Florida.

4

L

Y

Y

Y

DFFM, HSC, FWRI

PEOPLE Management







1. Implement a trophy fish documentation and release program.

1

L

N

Y

N

DFFM, FWRI

2. Involve stakeholders early in the process of major, resource-specific management actions such as new regulations and major habitat renovations.

1

S

Y

Y

Y

DFFM

3. Design and implement a complete marketing plan for the BBMP and Florida's bass fishing.

1

S

Y

Y

Y

DFFM, CRO

4. Build partnerships with bass anglers, other stakeholders, government agencies, institutions, and private industry to complete fishing and lake improvement projects.

2

M

Y

Y

Y

DFFM

5. Cooperate with the bass tournament industry and citizens to effectively manage bass tournaments to minimize negative perceptions.

2

M

Y

Y

Y

DFFM, FWRI

6. Educate anglers and other stakeholders about where and why bass are stocked by meeting with stakeholder groups, recognizing stocked lakes with news releases and signs at boat ramps, and capitalizing on other promotional opportunities as they arise.

3

S

Y

Y

Y

DFFFM, PICs

7. Promote conservation of endemic black bass.

1

L

Y

Y

Y

DFFM

8. Create, maintain and utilize a comprehensive list of freshwater fishing clubs and other anglers willing to volunteer within each region.

4

S

Y

Y

Y

DFFM

9. Promote Florida as a national angling destination for B.A.S.S. Slam opportunities.

3

ML

Y

Y

Y

DFFM

 

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