An evaluation form was distributed to all participants
in their registration packet and participants were
asked to turn it in upon departure from the meeting.
Time was allotted at the end of the meeting to fill
out and return the form. Fifty-four evaluation forms
were returned. Below are summaries of the responses
to the three open ended questions and to the specific
questions which participants were asked to rank from
strongly agree to strongly disagree. There were also
suggestions that will be useful in preparing for and
improving future meetings, those suggestions are paraphrased
at the end.
Question 1. What aspects of this meeting did you find
Overall, participants indicated the meeting was beneficial
to them. Many of the comments indicated that the meeting
was well planned and organized, that presenters did
a great job, and that the topics addressed dealt with
issues pertinent to their work. The most common response
(19) was the benefit of a diverse overview of sturgeon
research and management. Presentations and discussions
were deemed useful by 17 and 16 meeting participants
respectively. Other useful items included networking
(12), law enforcement topics (5), and the venue (3).
Question 2. What aspects did you find least useful?
The list of least useful aspects was lead by panel
discussions with 5 responses, followed by law enforcement
issues (4). Other items listed as least useful included
timing/scheduling, venue, handed out information, posters,
and a narrow geographical view.
Question 3. Would you like similar Sturgeon Coordination
Meetings to be held in the future?
No Comment (1)
The months which attendees at this meeting could participate
in future Coordination Meetings are:
|Jan - 8
||Feb - 7
||Mar - 5
||Jun - 17
||Jul - 2
||Aug - 2
||Oct - 3
||Nov - 35
||Dec - 29
||No Pref - 6
Other Evaluation Form Suggestions/Comments
• A need to move presentations away from the Lake Michigan
and Black Lake populations.
• Need a greater concern for fish passage.
• Well coordinated meeting that remained on schedule.
• Hope the meeting continues on a biennial basis.
• This venue was much nicer than ones in previous years.
• The meeting should be held in a non-smoking facility.
• A casino is not the best choice to hold a professional
• Conference room seating arrangement was not favorable.
• No clean cups were available during the afternoon session.
• More time for questions would be helpful.
• Longer breaks would give more time for networking.
• It would be nice to be given the packet information
before the meeting so that it can be looked over.
• Handout on the talks at the time of the presentations
would be helpful.
• Burned CDs of the presentations would be great reference
• Early notice of an upcoming meeting would be nice to
help with budgeting for travel.
• Invite speakers from throughout the country and world
to increase scope of knowledge.
• Would like to see a new city location each year the
meeting is held.
• Kudos to the steering committee.
• All topics were valuable.
• Thanks for putting this together.
The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service steering committee
members express our gratitude to other steering committee
members Dr. Nancy Auer, Dr. Ed Baker, Dr. Dawn Dittman,
Brad Eggold, Dr. Tim Haxton, Marty Holtgren, Lloyd
Mohr, and Tom Pratt, for their advice and assistance
in organizing and convening this meeting and for serving
as moderators during the question and answer periods
of the meeting. We thank Jonathan Pyatskowit and Clarice
Beckner for their contribution to this meeting which
included meeting material preparation, motel and meeting
room arrangements, coordination with presenters, and
operation of presentation equipment. We thank Fred
Hnytka, Greg Drogowski, Todd Schaller, Mike Kitt, and
Mary Burnham Curtis who contributed presentations on
specific topics by request, along with Craig Tabor,
Robert Luke, and Don Waukechon for sharing their expertise
as presenters and as panelists for the lake sturgeon
law issues discussions. A special thanks to Brenda
Archambo and Dona Crist of Sturgeon for Tomorrow, Black
Lake Chapter for the numbered and signed, matted sturgeon
photograph, shirts, mugs, and sturgeon lapel pins that
were donated for door prizes. We express our appreciation
to Chris Pullen and Larry Hildebrand from Golder Associates
Ltd. for their financial contribution towards the evening
social. We also thank the Great Lakes Fishery Trust
for recognition of the need for regular coordination
meetings, and for provision of the necessary financial
support to make them possible.
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