1. Read Rescinding a 254-mm Minimum Length Limit on White Crappies at Ft. Supply Reservoir, Oklahoma: The Influence of Variable Recruitment, Compensatory Mortality, and Angler Dissatisfaction (Boxrucker, 2002) and be prepared to discuss the following items in class.
    • What management “tools” were used in this study?
    • Who requested the bag limit reduction?
    • What were the objectives of the regulation change?
    • Summarize the Crappie population (growth, size structure, age structure, mortality, and exploitation) both before and after the regulation.
      • Interpret Table 2 and Figures 4-6.
    • Summarize the Crappie fishery (effort, catch rate, harvest rate) after the regulation.
      • Interpret Figures 1-3.
    • What ultimately happened to the regulation?
    • What characteristics of crappie populations or fisheries make them difficult to manage with length limits?
    • What is/are the take home message(s) from this study?