Binational fishery organization to unveil major design for fish passage and invasive
species control, called FishPass
Ann Arbor, MI - May 24, 2019 - The Great Lakes Fishery Commission will hold its
64th annual meeting in Detroit, Michigan on May 29 and 30, 2019. The Commission,
which comprises members from Canada and the United States, implements the 1954 Convention
on Great Lakes Fisheries, a treaty focused on science, sea lamprey control, and
cross-border cooperation. The Commission meeting will highlight critical work conducted
during the past year to manage fish stocks of common concern between the two nations.
The meeting is also an opportunity for the Commission to hear from stakeholders
and fishery managers while also celebrating decades of Canadian and U.S. cooperation
on fisheries research and coordinated management of shared fish stocks. A highlight
of the forum will be the unveiling of the final design for FishPass, an innovative
project—located in Traverse City, Michigan—to sort fish, pass desirable species
past dams and obstructions, and block invasive species like sea lampreys.
The Commission's annual meeting will take place at the Crown Plaza Downtown, May
29 from 1:15 pm to 5:00 pm and May 30 from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm. Members of the media,
members of the public, and students are welcome to attend. There is no charge to
participate, though attendees are requested to register at http://www.glfc.org/annual-meeting.php.
In Detroit, the Commission also will present Professor Ellen Marsden of the University
of Vermont with the Jack Christie/Ken Loftus Award for Distinguished Contributions
toward Understanding Healthy Ecosystems, the Saugeen Ojbway Nation with the C.D.
"Buzz" Besadny Award for Fostering Great Lakes Partnerships, and Steve LaPan of
the New York State Department of Conservation with the Vern Applegate Award for
Outstanding Contributions to Sea Lamprey Control.
"During this annual meeting, we will hear from a wide range of speakers about key
issues affecting the Great Lakes fishery," said Jim McKane, the Commission's chair.
"On the agenda are such topics as plastics in the Great Lakes, the state of the
fishery by lake, social science and acoustic telemetry, and economies. A highlight
will be much-anticipated unveiling of the final FishPass design, an exciting initiative
that could change fishery management worldwide."
The meeting agenda is available at http://www.glfc.org/temp/2019%20Plenary%20Agenda.pdf.
For more information about FishPass visit http://www.glfc.org/fishpass.php.
McKane added: "The Great Lakes fishery is worth $7 billion annually to the people
of Canada and the United States. This meeting allows us to celebrate the importance
of the fishery while focusing on what needs to be done to sustain and improve the