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Great Lakes Fishery Commission
Great Lakes Fishery Commission To Meet In Detroit, May 29 And 30

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 valuable resource."


Last Updated: Friday, 24 May 2019 12:30:12 PM EST

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