Proceedings of the 2006 Great Lakes Lake Sturgeon Coordination Meeting


Introduction

In June, 2000, the Great Lakes Fishery Trust (Trust) sponsored a workshop to determine research and assessment needs to restore lake sturgeon in the Great Lakes (Holey et al. 2000). The Trust utilized information gathered at the workshop to develop criteria to guide future funding. At the conclusion of that workshop, participants expressed a strong desire to meet annually to continue to share information and communication of sturgeon work across the Great Lakes basin. In 2001, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem Team Lake Sturgeon Committee submitted a successful proposal to the Trust to organize and convene a series of three Great Lakes Lake Sturgeon Coordination Meetings. The first Coordination Meeting was convened December 11-12, 2002 in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Feedback received from participants and organizers of the 2002 Coordination Meeting recommended that subsequent meetings be held biennially. The second Great Lakes Lake Sturgeon Coordination Meeting was held in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan on November 9 -10, 2004. The third Great Lakes Lake Sturgeon Coordination Meeting was held in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan on November 29 – 30, 2006. These are the proceedings of the third Great Lakes Lake Sturgeon Coordination Meeting.

 

Meeting Organization and Purpose

The meeting was organized by a steering committee of consisting of representatives from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem Team Lake Sturgeon Committee, and state, provincial, tribal and university biologists from across the Great Lakes basin.

James Boase (USFWS) Nancy Auer (Michigan Technological University)
Rob Elliott (USFWS) Ed Baker (Michigan DNR)
Henry Quinlan (USFWS) Dawn Dittman (USGS)
Betsy Trometer(USFWS) Brad Eggold (Wisconsin DNR)
  Tim Haxton (Ontario MNR)
  Marty Holtgren (Little River Band)
  Lloyd Mohr (Ontario MNR)
  Tom Pratt (DFO Canada)

A meeting announcement and invitation to contribute presentations was emailed to over 400 biologists, managers, researchers, students, and the interested public from the Great Lakes region. The meeting announcement was also posted on the Great Lakes Lake Sturgeon Web Page. The purpose of the meeting was the same as it has been for the previous meetings: Provide a biennial forum to foster communication and exchange of information relating to the study, management, and restoration of lake sturgeon in the Great Lakes basin, to address priority research and assessment needs, and to address selected emerging issues.

As with previous meetings, the 2006 Coordination Meeting was designed to present information or address various focus areas during the two day meeting that were either emerging topics or that had not been adequately addressed during previous meetings. The steering committee solicited specific presentations for some focus topics of specific interest and also formed other focus topics based on the abstracts of submitted presentations. Five focus areas were selected including: habitat use and juvenile ecology, genetics and management implications, stream-side rearing, sturgeon legal issues, and assessment technologies. Additional information was presented during the poster session.


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