BY TED TRESKA, GREEN BAY FWCO
For years, sampling in the waters of Green Bay has been accomplished by a number of agencies, departments and organizations, collecting scores of data on things such as fisheries, chemical and physical processes and ecosystem function. With increased efforts in the Bay, the Green Bay Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office (FWCO) was eager to gather from the collective knowledge that was available to maximize the efficiency of their efforts. A few conversations revealed that there had never been a formal meeting of the folks doing work out on the Bay, or a compilation of what was available in terms of data collections. Nineteen representatives from a collection of 8 agencies, universities, and other organizations gathered in a technological conferencing room on the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay campus on March 20 to present their agency’s sampling efforts and data summaries. From presentations on a variety of annual fisheries surveys going on throughout the Bay to the myriad of physical and chemical sampling done by the Green Bay Sewerage District. After a morning of agency presentations, participants brainstormed ideas about directions for the future and ways to collaborate on studies and projects to better understand the systems in the Bay. One product of the meeting included forming a concerted effort to collect data and genetic samples from the occasional encounters of lake herring that are being seen in collection efforts and commercial netting. In addition, several members of the group are collaborating to increase the geographical coverage of a larger effort to monitor Lake whitefish spawning success by doing beach seining of young-of-year whitefish near known spawning areas. After other productive discussions about possible collaborations and data sharing, participants agreed that future meetings would be highly beneficial, both to keep everyone abreast of what was going on in the Bay and provide a venue to converse about future shared efforts in advance of grant submission deadlines.
BY PAUL LARSON, IRON RIVER NFH
On March 27-29th, the Iron River National Fish Hatchery (NFH) participated in the Douglas County Fish & Game League Sports Show. The event, hosted by the Douglas County Fish & Game League, draws thousands of visitors every year. Vendors from across the region gather in the Wessman Arena, located in Superior, Wisconsin to sell their goods, promote their products and advertise their mission.
Hatchery staff set up and manned a booth throughout the three day event. Informative brochures, fish mounts, and outreach material for children were available. An aquarium with a chiller displayed a coaster brook trout along with juvenile and fingerling lake trout. Staff was kept busy answering questions about the hatchery. Exhibits ranged from outdoor sporting goods to food vendors, a live fish pond, laser shot, and cowboy action shooting featuring the Black River Bandits. Daily seminars were available ranging in various hunting and fishing topics. Other government agencies such as Wisconsin DNR were present. This is event allows for the hatchery to promote its mission and encourage the local community to visit the hatchery.