Sustaining North American Salmon: Perspectives Across Regions and Disciplines

Chapter 9: The Many Faces of Salmon: Implications of Stakeholder Diversity in the Great Lakes

Barbara A. Knuth


The process of managing Great Lakes salmonids occurs in a complex social milieu. Stakeholder groups in the Great Lakes region are numerous, and their views about salmon management in the region differ considerably in content and fervor. Differences in stakeholder group perspectives may be associated with the type of stakeholder group, the issue considered, and/or the fundamental values and goals seen as appropriate for Great Lakes fishery management generally. Drawing on numerous studies related to Great Lakes fisheries, I discuss in this paper these fundamental stakeholder differences— some based on empirical study of the Great Lakes salmon fishery, and others with implications for salmon management based on related issues for the Great Lakes fisheries overall.