Spring fishery workshop offers research and information related to Lake Erie
Lake Erie fisheries workshop brings communities together with fisheries research and management partners through discussions on research findings, management updates, and fishing trends.
Michigan Sea Grant and Michigan State University Extension, in partnership with the Monroe Commission on the Environment & Water Quality, Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Division, Michigan Office of the Great Lakes, University of Michigan, NOAA Center of Excellence for Great Lakes and Human Health, and local fishery and environmental organizations will be hosting an evening regional fishery workshop on Thursday April 17 from 7-9pm at the City of Monroe council chambers at 120 East First Street.
The workshop is free and open to the public, and will provide valuable information for anglers, charter captains, resource professionals, and other community members interested in attending. Topics to be covered include:
- Status updates on Lake Erie fish populations and angler catch data presented by Michigan Department of Natural Resources
- Updates on fisheries management activities presented by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources
- Asian Carp report presented by Michigan Department of Natural Resources
- Harmful Algal Blooms presented by NOAA Center of Excellence for Great Lakes and Human Health
- Fish Spawning Reef Projects presented by Michigan Sea Grant
These workshops serve as a valuable networking and educational opportunity for all involved:
- Recreational anglers have the opportunity to become better-educated anglers – learning about feeding trends of predator fish species may prove valuable in deciding where to fish or what lures to put into play while fishing this year.
- Fishery businesses— sportfishing charters, commercial fishing, and bait shops— gain insights relating to Lake Erie fisheries resources around which their business depends. This information may prove useful in adapting business strategies, ranging from fishing practices to business marketing, and information that might be passed along in educating customers about the resource.
- In trade for the informational updates they share, governmental research and management agencies value insights and input from this dialogue with anglers and citizen stakeholders on various fisheries management topics. The effectiveness of fisheries research and management, as well as community values gained from the Lake Erie fishery is enhanced.
Local Workshop Sponsors and Hosts:
- Detroit RiverKeeper
- Downriver Bass Association
- Friends of the Detroit River
- Huron Valley Sportfishing Club
- International Wildlife Refuge Alliance
- Metro-West Steelheaders
Workshop details are also available online on the Michigan Sea Grant website.