LOWER MISSISSIPPI RIVER
AQUATIC RESOURCE MANAGEMENT PLAN
GOALS & OBJECTIVES
F. PUBLIC AWARENESS - Increase public use and awareness of
fisheries resources in the Lower Mississippi River ecosystem
Objective F.1 Determine public perceptions and knowledge of environmental issues, functions, habitats, and resources.
Strategy F.1.1 Develop and periodically conduct phone or mail public opinion surveys.
Strategy F.1.2 Collect user satisfaction, demographic, and other information in conjunction with creel surveys.
Objective F2. Improve public awareness of natural resource issues.
Strategy F.2.1 Develop a marketing plan for improving awareness of resource issues.
Strategy F.2.2 Prepare and distribute news releases and reports on environmental issues.
Strategy F.2.3 Publicize efforts to conserve, enhance, and restore aquatic habitats and to manage the fisheries resources in the Lower Mississippi River system.
Strategy F.2.4 Develop and distribute presentations on the Lower Mississippi River Conservation Committee and the natural resources in the Lower Mississippi River system that can be used by state and federal agencies, schools, and other organizations.
Strategy F.2.5 Write articles for popular fishing magazines and state conservation magazines.
Strategy F.2.6 Periodically hold ‘Day on the River’ events at riverside communities to educate the public about the river’s natural resources, the threats to the river, and the recreational opportunities that are available.
Strategy F.2.7 Establish a Lower Mississippi River Conservation Committee library to serve as a central clearinghouse and repository for Lower Mississippi River ecosystem information.
Strategy F.2.8 Acquire an Education/Outreach staff position to maintain and disseminate information concerning the Lower Mississippi River system.
Strategy F.2.9 Produce a video about the Lower Mississippi River, important conservation issues and threats, and the Lower Mississippi River Conservation Committee.
Strategy F.2.10 Establish an Internet World Wide Web site to disseminate information and data on natural resources and environmental issues.
Strategy F.2.11 Conduct teacher workshops and develop teacher curricula about big river ecosystems, environmental issues, and natural resource management opportunities.
Objective F.3 Increase public involvement in conservation issues.
Strategy F.3.1 Develop and disseminate lists of action items concerning the Lower Mississippi River system.
Strategy F.3.2 Establish and coordinate state-sponsored STREAM TEAMs and/or RIVERKEEPERS that will adopt reaches of the Lower Mississippi River system for stewardship and advocacy purposes.
Strategy F.3.3 Develop a network for distributing information on key issues impacting natural resources in the Lower Mississippi River system.
Strategy F.3.4 Develop a communication network with public conservation groups.
Objective F.4 Improve public awareness of outdoor recreational opportunities along the Lower Mississippi River
Strategy F.4.1 Produce and distribute a Lower Mississippi River Fishing Guide
Strategy F.4.2 Work with counties to ensure that each public access is adequately marked with road signs.
Strategy F.4.3 Prepare and distribute news releases about Lower Mississippi River public access sites.
Strategy F.4.4 Work cooperatively with state and federal agencies to improve public facilities at riverside municipal parks.
Strategy F.4.5 Prepare and distribute news releases and reports on fishing and other recreational opportunities.
Strategy F.4.6 Provide weekly fishing reports on the Lower Mississippi River Conservation Committee web page.
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