Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Mississippi
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Mississippi Project

Support tool for fisheries management

August 2019 - July 2021


Participating Agencies

  • Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks

Organizing and planning are among the most demanding tasks of fisheries professionals. Often this process is overwhelming and clear linkages between agency-wide goals, management plan objectives and actions, and monitoring metrics are non-existent. We are developing an online computer application for MDWFP to support structuring and regimentation of management plans. The tool steers the user through a series of menus to build a management plan that outlines objectives, management actions, monitoring protocols, and outcome evaluation. This system uses existing monitoring data, conditional logic, and user input to provide the user with up-to-date, lake-specific information. While still in early development, the application is designed to link monitoring to agency-specified objectives and actions. This coordination can help fisheries professionals more efficiently and effectively organize and plan management activities and pave the way for management decision optimization.