The main focus of the assessment program is to monitor the harvest and health of the fish stocks of the Red Lakes. The Red Lake Reservation is home of the oldest and largest walleye commercial fishery in the United States which started in 1917. The Walleye stocks collapsed in the late 1990’s and the commercial fisheries voluntarily suspended the fishing season in 1997 to assist in recovery of the walleye. A joint walleye restoration effort was launched between the Red Lake Band, the State of Minnesota, and Bureau of Indian Affairs which brought a group of technical experts together to recover the walleye stocks. This committee formulated a plan, which was accepted by the Red Lake Band and the State of Minnesota, to recover the walleye and this plan was extremely successful. By 2006, the walleye had rebounded to sustainable numbers and the harvest of walleye was authorized again by both governments. This successful multi-agency recovery effort has received numerous awards and national media attention. Today, the lake remains health, and annual safe harvest of walleye on the reservation is estimated to be over a million pounds.