In case you missed it, new videos highlight presentations on the state of Lake Michigan fisheries.
By Daniel O’Keefe
On April 18, 2019, the Southern Lake Michigan Regional Fisheries Workshop was hosted by Michigan Sea Grant in conjunction with South Haven Steelheaders. This annual event draws local South Haven anglers in addition to big lake fishing enthusiasts from around southwest Michigan. New videos from the meeting focus on recent developments in Lake Michigan fisheries management and the latest results from forage fish monitoring and mass marking.
- Michigan Sea Grant Extension Educator Dan O’Keefe gave a brief update on activities including the Huron-Michigan Diet Study and other citizen science.
- Matt Kornis of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service gave an update on the Great Lakes Mass Marking Program.
- Chuck Madenjian, Research Fishery Biologist with U.S. Geological Survey’s Great Lakes Science Center, gave an update on forage fish abundance in Lake Michigan.
- Jay Wesley, Lake Michigan Basin Coordinator with Michigan Department of Natural Resources, discussed Lake Michigan stocking plans and other fisheries management issues.
The 2019 Southern Lake Michigan Fishery Workshop was a great chance to meet fisheries professionals and learn more about the status of gamefish and preyfish populations. Balancing predators and prey is a perennial topic at these workshops, and all three recorded presentations related to this theme.
Michigan Sea Grant helps to foster economic growth and protect Michigan’s coastal, Great Lakes resources through education, research and outreach. A collaborative effort of the University of Michigan and Michigan State University and its MSU Extension, Michigan Sea Grant is part of the NOAA-National Sea Grant network of 33 university-based programs.
This article was written by Michigan Sea Grant Extension Educator Dr. Dan O’Keefe under award NA14OAR4170070 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce through the Regents of the University of Michigan. The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Department of Commerce, or the Regents of the University of Michigan.