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Spring workshops offer current research on status of Lake Huron fishery

April 20, 2012
Contact: Todd Grischke, 517-373-6762 or Ed Golder, 517-335-3014

Spring workshops offer current research on status of Lake Huron fishery
The Department of Natural Resources, in partnership with Michigan Sea Grant, Michigan State University Extension, USGS Great Lakes Science Center and local fishery organizations, will be participating in three regional workshops this spring highlighting research and information about Lake Huron’s fishery.

Workshops are open to the public, and will provide valuable information for anglers, charter captains, resource professionals and other community members interested in attending. Topics include status updates on Lake Huron fish populations and angler catch data, resurgence of native species such as Lake Huron walleye, forage fish surveys and results from the ongoing Lake Huron predator diet study, updates of fisheries management activities, among other Lake Huron related topics of local interest.
2012 Lake Huron fishery workshop dates and locations include:

Monday, April 23 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Les Cheneaux Sportsman’s Club located at M-134 in Cedarville

Tuesday, April 24 from 6 to 9 p.m.
NOAA Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center located at 500 W. Fletcher Street in Alpena
Port Huron

Wednesday, May 9 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Charles A. Hammond American Legion Hall at 1026 Sixth Street in Port Huron
Workshops are open to the public at no cost to participants; however, pre-registration is requested. To register for any of these no-cost workshops, contact Cindy Anderson, Michigan Sea Grant/MSU Extension Iosco County at (989) 984-1060 or ande1172@msu.edu. For program information or questions, contact Brandon Schroeder, Michigan Sea Grant at (989) 984-1056 or schroe45@msu.edu.
Workshop registration and details are available online on the Michigan Sea Grant website: http://miseagrant.umich.edu/fisheries/fishery-workshop.html.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.

Stocking of salmon could be slashed in Michigan


Grand Rapids, Mich. — Michigan fish managers are facing a frightening scenario on Lake Michigan: too few prey fish to sustain the salmon population at current stocking levels.

The solutions, they say, involve cutting the number of hatchery plants. The Michigan DNR and other managers from around the lake are inviting anglers to have a say in the outcome.

A public workshop on the topic is scheduled for April 14 at Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor. The choices being presented are the consensus of a multi-state working group.

The options, whittled down from a field of 25 choices, call for reducing chinook salmon stocking by 30 to 50 percent, and decisions about whether to reduce stocking for species like lake trout, steelhead, brown trout, and coho salmon. Lake Michigan officials say they were looking for choices that would not decimate the forage base or result in smaller or fewer fish.

Lake Michigan is stocked annually with 2.5 million chinook (king) salmon fingerlings. They feed exclusively on alewives – unlike steelhead, coho salmon, and brown trout, which feed on various prey. If the alewives disappear, so do the big kings.

“We started the process a year ago. It does come with some anxiety,” said Denny Grinold, a Lake Michigan fishing charter captain from Grand Haven who represented the Michigan Charter Boat Association on the Lake Michigan fishery work group. Grinold also chairs the committee of advisors for the Great Lakes Fishery Commission.
“We just came off a really good year in Lake Michigan,” Grinold told Michigan Outdoor News. “But if you go back to 2003 on Lake Huron, they had the largest prey population in the history of that assessment and in 2004 Lake Huron collapsed.”

Lake Michigan forage is at an all-time low, according to state and federal fish managers who have conducted surveys on the lake. It is home to a robust alewife year-class from 2010 and five other age classes that contribute little to the forage base. No new forge showed up in 2011. State officials say they’re hoping to see a new year-class develop in 2012.

An acoustic survey of Lake Michigan prey fish last year found approximately 25 kilotons, according to state officials. That’s 76 percent less than 2010 and 84 percent less than the 20-year, long-term average. Lake Michigan fish managers would prefer to see 100 kilotons or more.


Lake Erie Committee Recommends Walleye and Yellow Perch Catch Levels for 2012

WINDSOR, ON – The Lake Erie Committee, a binational board of fishery managers from Michigan, New York, Ohio, Ontario, and Pennsylvania, recommended a 2012 total allowable catch (TAC) of 3.487 million walleye and 13.637 million pounds of yellow perch1. These recommended harvest levels represent an increase in allowable walleye and yellow perch catch for 2012 over last year, reflecting updated stock assessment results. Extensive biological assessments and analyses—conducted and analyzed jointly by Canadian and American fishery agencies—inform these TAC recommendations. The committee also engaged commercial and recreational stakeholders in a new and enhanced committee structure—called the Lake Erie Percid Management Advisory Group (LEPMAG)—to heighten awareness of stakeholder fishery objectives, to gain consensus about decisions, and to improve the process for binational dialogue among all interested parties.

The committee sought to maintain TACs at levels consistent with Lake Erie’s biological conditions while providing commercial and recreational fishers with some level of stability, as indicated in LEPMAG discussions. However, the committee is concerned about environmental conditions in Lake Erie and potential impacts on fisheries in future years. The heightened stakeholder engagement reflects the committee’s interest in involving the fishing community in discussions related to management of the lake’s percid fisheries.

April 14, 2012 The Future of Salmon and Trout Stocking in Lake Michigan

The Future of Salmon and Trout Stocking in Lake Michigan

Five species of salmon and trout support a world-class recreational fishery in Lake Michigan. Stocking has played an important role in maintaining the balance between predators and baitfish, such as the non-native alewife, since the late 1960s. If too many salmon and trout are in the lake, baitfish decline and salmon starve or fall prey to disease. If too few salmon and trout are in the lake, the non-native alewife could foul beaches and affect native species.

Ongoing research is being used to investigate the possibility that changes to stocking policy could improve fisheries and limit the risk of predator-prey imbalance. Fisheries managers in Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana will set a stocking policy for Lake Michigan salmon and trout by fall of 2012.

Lake Michigan Salmon Stocking Workshop
Lake Michigan College, Benton Harbor, Michigan
Saturday, April 14, 2012
1:00–4:30 PM (Eastern)

To register please visit http://www.miseagrant.umich.edu/fisheries/stocking/


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