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Tuesday, January 26 • 11:40am - 12:00pm
Michigan DNR Fisheries Research Vessels: Their Role and Contributions to Five Decades of Science-Based Fisheries Management on The Great Lakes

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AUTHORS: Gary Whelan*, Michigan DNR; Edward Baker, Michigan DNR; David Clapp, Michigan DNR; David Fielder, Michigan DNR; Todd Wills, Michigan DNR

ABSTRACT: For most of Michigan’s history, the Great Lakes were managed for commercial exploitation with little regard for recreation. Great Lakes fisheries management returned to the states in the 1960s from the Federal Bureau of Commercial Fisheries Management. These policy changes prompted development of an assessment program, including large state-owned research vessels on each Great Lake, and ultimately research to provide key management information on the status of fish stocks. The R/V Steelhead serves Lake Michigan out of the Charlevoix Station, the R/V Channel Cat operates in the Michigan waters of Lake Erie and the Huron-Erie corridor and occasionally in southern Lake Huron, the R/V Lake Char spans Lake Superior out of the Marquette Station, and the R/V Chinook covers Lake Huron from the Alpena Station. The R/V Chinook, the oldest operating research vessel on the Great Lakes, will be replaced with the state of the art R/V Tanner in early 2016. In combination with research biologists and stations for each lake, these vessels became the platform for research and assessment for nearly a half century. The data collected by these vessels has supported fisheries management by documenting the transition from badly impaired conditions to a rise of a recreational fishery based on stocked fish, to the resurgence of native species, and ultimately recovery to today’s state. The Michigan DNR research vessel fleet represents the State’s commitment to its public-trust role as the managers of the Great Lakes Fisheries. These versatile platforms have proven remarkably adept at data collection from all manner of gears and conditions, spanning both shallow water near-shore environs to deep off shore sampling sites, and have led to collaborations (interagency and cross-disciplinary) that have significantly improved our understanding and management of these vast inland seas.

Tuesday January 26, 2016 11:40am - 12:00pm EST