|•Rare and endangered native species add
to the richness of the fish community and should be protected in recognition
of their ecological and intrinsic values( lake sturgeon restoration example).
|•Species diversity or the presence of
many fish species contributes balance
and stability within fish communities. Genetic diversity, both within
and among fish stocks, likewise,
contributes to overall species fitness and adaptability. Managers have a
responsibility to maintain species
and genetic diversity through protection of adapted stocks. This includes
care in the selection and stocking of particular strains of fish species
|•Socioeconomic values, such as providing
opportunities to meet recreational
and commercial fishing interests are a priority in decision making.
|•Fisheries are a priceless cultural heritage.
Therefore, the social, cultural and economic costs and benefits to
society(both present and future) are important factors in making sound
resource management decisions. The right to share in the heritage includes a
|•Fisheries management should be based on
the best available science tempered by societal needs.