An interim harvest strategy for Taiga Bean geese

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Abstract

In 2016 the AEWA European Goose Management International Working Group (EGM IWG) adopted document AEWA/EGM IWG 1.8 (Johnson et al. 2016), which contained initial elements of an Adaptive Harvest Management programme for Taiga Bean Geese. This report addresses a number of limitations with the population model presented in that document, and provides up-to-date population projections for the Central Management Unit under a range of constant harvest rates. Based on simulations for the 2017-2025 timeframe, median population size was near the median goal of 70,000 in 2019, 2020, and 2021 for harvest rates of birds aged one year or more of 0.00, 0.02, and 0.04, respectively. Simulated population sizes generally increased over the timeframe, albeit with a lot of variation and with the degree of uncertainty increasing over time. With a harvest rate of 0.02, harvests averaged 1,848 (95% CI: 1,403 – 2,492) over the timeframe; a harvest rate of 0.04 produced an average harvest of 3,484 (95% CI: 2,617 – 4,884). Future work for the Central Management Unit will involve development of a dynamic harvest strategy by employing a Markov decision process, in which multiple, possibly competing, management objectives can be addressed.

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Publication type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
Title An interim harvest strategy for Taiga Bean geese
Year Published 2018
Language English
Publisher Danish Ministry of Environment and Food, Environmental Protection Agency
Contributing office(s) Wetland and Aquatic Research Center
Description 12 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Conference publication
Larger Work Title 2nd meeting of the AEWA European Goose Management International Working Group
Conference Title 2nd meeting of the AEWA European Goose Management International Working Group
Conference Location Copenhagen, Denmark
Conference Date June 15-16, 2017