2018 Ludington Regional Fishery Workshop

Date: January 13, 2018
Time: 8:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: West Shore Community College, Administration and Conference Building, 3000 North Stiles Road, Scottville, MI 49454
Contact: Agenda: Dan O'Keefe, (616) 994-4572

The Ludington Regional Fishery Workshop focuses on current research and information related to the regional status of Great Lakes fisheries. The workshop is open to the public and provide valuable information for anglers, charter captains, resource professionals and other interested stakeholders.The workshop registration fee is $30 and includes lunch.

Register online to reserve your space.

Hotel information:

There is a block of rooms secured at the Ludington Holiday Inn Express for the night of Jan. 12, 2018.
For reservations call (231) 845-7311.
Double rooms are $75/night and are first come first serve.
Group Code: MSU
Group Block Name: Fisheries Workshop

Agenda:

8:15        Coffee and Registration

9:00        Welcome and introductions

                Dan O’Keefe – Extension Educator, Michigan Sea Grant

9:10        The growing importance of the nearshore zone: Consequences of invasive dreissenid mussels in Lake Michigan

               Ben Turschak – Fisheries Research Biologist, Michigan Department of Natural Resources

9:30        Mass marking update and Lake Michigan diet studies

               Matthew Kornis – Fishery Biologist and Data Analyst, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

               Ben Turschak – Fisheries Research Biologist, Michigan Department of Natural Resources

10:15     Great Lakes Angler Diary and other citizen science updates

                Dan O’Keefe – Extension Educator, Michigan Sea Grant

10:20     Break

SPECIAL SESSION – Lake Michigan Cisco Management

10:30     Purpose and ground rules for this session

                Dan O’Keefe – Extension Educator, Michigan Sea Grant

10:40     Rationale and options for rehabilitation of cisco and deepwater cisco in Lake Michigan

                Charles Bronte – Senior Fishery Biologist, U.S. Fish & Wildlife       Service

11:10     Status of recovering cisco populations in Lake Michigan: Lessons learned and lessons yet to be learned

                Jory Jonas – Fisheries Research Biologist Specialist, Michigan  Department of Natural Resources

11:40     Audience feedback

                Comments from other organizations and individuals

                Response and additional questions for Charles Bronte, USFWS

                Response and additional questions for Jory Jonas, MDNR

11:55     Session wrap-up and next steps

                Dan O’Keefe – Extension Educator, Michigan Sea Grant

12:00     Lunch and LCBA Tackle Raffle

1:00        Importance of top down and bottom up effects in Lake Michigan

               Chuck Madenjian – Research Fishery Biologist, USGS Great Lakes    Science Center

1:30        What do we know (and what don’t we know) about coho salmon?

                Jory Jonas – Fisheries Research Biologist Specialist, Michigan  Department of Natural Resources

1:50        DNR management updates:

                Development of a lakewide management plan, zonal  management, and stocking options

                Jay Wesley – Lake Michigan Basin Coordinator, Michigan     Department of Natural Resources

2:30        Adjourn (Ludington Charter Boat Association Meeting to Follow)

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