Auto-pilot is fine as long as the season is unfolding as expected. But it didn't, so it wasn't. Hence the motivation to pursue an in-season update. I believe the in-season update in 2015 is the state's first attempt at doing so in the past 2 decades.
Only one co-manager was bold enough to actually put a number on the table in week 43 after tallying all the available catches thru week 42. The state fisheries were promptly adjusted. The other co-manager saw no conservation concern at that time. A week later they changed their minds.
"Let every angler who loves to fish think what it would mean to him to find the fish were gone." (Zane Grey)
"If you don't kill them, they will spawn." (Carcassman)