Consent Form

        This survey contains 36 questions and will take only a short amount of time (~10 minutes). Consent to participate is implied by selecting “OK”. If you do not consent to participate then please close the browser and do not complete the survey. If you would like to withdraw from the survey at any time please close your browser. Once you have submitted your survey you may not withdraw from participation. There will be no compensation for participating and there are no risks associated with the study.

        All information collected from the survey will be anonymous, and no personal information will be attained. The ethics protocol for this project was reviewed and received ethics clearance by the Carleton University Research Ethics Board. The contact information is as follows:

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        Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey. We truly value the information you provide!

Information of Researcher:

Alice Abrams (M.Sc. candidate)
Fish Ecology and Conservation Physiology Laboratory
Carleton University
alice.abrams@carleton.ca

Part 1: Background information of survey participant

Directions: Please select the appropriate answer. Please answer all of the questions to the best of your ability.

* 1. How old are you?

* 2. What is your gender? (Or to which gender do you identify with most)

* 3. Province/territory/state of current home address?

* 4. How many days have you spent on Big Rideau Lake (e.g., swimming, fishing, boating) in the last year?

* 5. Do you or a member of your immediate family own property on OR within 2 km of Big Rideau Lake?

* 6. Are you a member of the Big Rideau Lake Association?

* 7. Are you a member of a fishing association and/or club?

* 8. Are you a member of any lake management or environmental organizations?

* 9. Do you actively participate in recreational angling for black bass on Big Rideau Lake?

* 10. How important is bass fishing to you personally as a leisure activity?

* 11. On Big Rideau Lake, what percentage (%) of the largemouth bass that you catch (that are legally harvestable) do you release?

* 12. On Big Rideau Lake, what percentage (%) of the smallmouth bass that you catch (that are legally harvestable) do you release?

* 13. How many days do you spend bass fishing in a typical year

* 14. How many times have you participated in a bass fishing tournament/derby over the course of your life?

* 15. How many years have you fished for black bass?

* 16. During what years have you fished for bass on Big Rideau Lake (e.g. 1985-1992 and 2003-2016)?

Part 2: Perceptions of black bass conservation on Big Rideau Lake

* 17. Please use the scale below and select the appropriate boxes to indicate your perceptions of bass populations in Big Rideau Lake. There are no right or wrong responses. (Note: If you have been fishing for less than 10 years, please answer based on the year you started fishing for black bass on Big Rideau Lake)

  Increasing A Lot Increasing A Little Neither Increasing Nor Decreasing Decreasing A Little Decreasing A Lot Don’t Know
Compared to 10 years ago, do you think the current Big Rideau largemouth bass population is …
Compared to 10 years ago, do you think the current Big Rideau smallmouth bass population is …
Compared to 10 years ago, do you think the average size of largemouth bass in Big Rideau Lake is…
Compared to 10 years ago, do you think the average size of smallmouth bass in Big Rideau Lake is…
Compared to 10 years ago, do you think the amount of black bass fishing effort on Big Rideau Lake is…

* 18. In your opinion how much of a negative impact do the following have on black bass populations in Big Rideau Lake?

  Negligible Minor Moderate Major Severe Don’t Know
Poaching
Shoreline Habitat Alterations
Boating Activity (noise, disturbance)
Commercial Fishing (direct harvest or bycatch)
Recreational Fishing Harvest
Fishing Tournaments (i.e. Displacement of fish)
Catch and Release Mortality from non-tournament anglers
Catch and Release Mortality from fishing tournaments
Pre-season Bass Fishing (i.e. angling nesting bass)
Cormorants
Zebra Mussels
Degraded Water Quality
Variation In Water Level
Algal Blooms
Winterkill
High Summer Water Temperatures
Poor Management of the fishery
Climate Change
Part 3: Perceptions of black bass management on Big Rideau Lake

* 19. Current Ontario Fishing Regulations on Big Rideau Lake for largemouth and smallmouth bass are as follows: season is closed from December 16th to 3rd Friday in June, there are 2 sanctuaries closed year round, there are no size limits, and harvest is limited to 2 or 6 bass per angler per day depending on the type of licence they possess. Do you agree that these are appropriate regulations for managing healthy bass populations?

* 20. In the last 12 months, have you accessed or received information about the status of the black bass population in Big Rideau Lake?

* 21. In the last 12 months, have you accessed or received information about the ecosystem health of Big Rideau Lake and/or the Rideau system as a whole?

* 22. In the last 12 months, have you accessed or received information about Big Rideau Lake water levels?

* 23. In the last 12 months, have you accessed or received information about responsible recreational fishing?

* 24. If shown to be effective at maintaining or improving bass populations in Big Rideau Lake, would you support expansion of year-round protected areas?

* 25. What do you think should be the main goal of fisheries management of bass populations in Big Rideau Lake? (Answer in space below)

* 26. If you could make regulatory changes intended to improve bass populations, what would they be? (Answer in space below)

* 27. If you could use education and outreach to elicit voluntary changes intended to improve bass populations, where would you focus efforts?

Part 3: Human interactions on Big Rideau Lake

* 28. Please indicate your level of agreement with the following statement: Interactions between cottagers and water level managers are sometimes tense.

* 29. Have you ever witnessed, heard of, or been involved in a disagreement or conflict between cottagers and water level managers?

* 30. Please indicate your level of agreement with the following statement: Interactions between anglers and fisheries managers are sometimes tense

* 31. Have you ever witnessed, heard of, or been involved in a disagreement or conflict between anglers and fisheries managers?

* 32. Please indicate your level of agreement with the following statement: Interactions between tournament anglers and non-tournament anglers are sometimes tense.

* 33. Have you ever witnessed, heard of, or been involved in a disagreement or conflict between tournament anglers and non-tournament anglers?

* 34. Please indicate your level of agreement with the following statement: Interactions between cottagers and tournament anglers are sometimes tense.

* 35. Have you ever witnessed, heard of, or been involved in a disagreement or conflict between cottagers and tournament anglers?

* 36. Is there anything else you want to share with us regarding bass management on Big Rideau Lake?

Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey. We truly value the information you have provided. With your help we will generate science needed to ensure the long-term health of the black bass fishery on Big Rideau Lake.

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