Michigan Sea Grant will present a daylong program addressing issues influencing commercial fishing on the Great Lakes during the annual Fish Producers Association Conference. Topics will include lake water levels, management of lake whitefish stocks and invasive species.

The program will run 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Park Place Hotel in Traverse City. The  event is free. For more details, see the agenda below or read the full article.


9-9:30 a.m. — Vanishing Great Lakes Water Levels: Implications for Commercial Fishers
Mark Breederland (Michigan Sea Grant Extension)

9:30-10 a.m. — Status and Management of Whitefish Stocks in 1836 Treaty Waters
David Caroffino (Michigan Department of Natural Resources)

10-10:30 a.m. — Status and Trends of Prey Fish Populations in Lake Michigan
Chuck Madenjian (U.S. Geological Survey)

10:30-11 a.m. — Lake Huron Whitefish Diets-Bottlenecks and Recent Changes
Steve Pothoven (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

11-11:30 a.m. — Alarming Developments: Investigations of a Natural Repellent for Sea Lamprey Control
Mike Wagner (Michigan State University)

11:30 a.m.-noon — Feasibility of Holding Whitefish and Sea Lamprey for Interaction Studies
David Caroffino (Michigan Department of Natural Resources)

Noon-1:15 p.m. — Lunch on your own

1:15-2 p.m. — Michigan Aquaculture Strategic Plan Project
Joe Colyn (Originz, LLC)

2-2:45 p.m. — Double Crested Cormorant Management in Michigan
Tony Aderman (U.S. Department of Agriculture)

2:45-3:30 p.m. — National Weather Service Marine Forecasts and the Challenges of Great Lakes Weather Forecasting
Matt Zika (National Weather Service)

3:30-4 p.m. — Statewide Fisheries History Consortium: Heritage, Tourism, and Education through Historic Commercial Fishing Vessels
Brandon Schroeder (Michigan Sea Grant Extension), Amanda Holmes (Fishtown) and Chris Witulski (Besser Museum)