One hundred individuals attended the 2004 Coordination
Meeting representing 32 different entities. Representatives
of seven of nine Great Lake states (IL and PA not represented),
eight Tribal/First Nation natural resource agencies,
four U.S. and Canadian federal agencies, one Provincial
agency, eight Universities, three Consulting/Private
organizations, and one non-governmental organization.
Presented at the meeting were 24 oral presentations,
8 posters, and a GIS tributary database demonstration.
Seven talks addressed the themes of genetic stock structure,
conservation stocking considerations and hatchery rearing.
Two presentations focused on techniques for sturgeon
status assessment. Eight talks featured habitat classification
and enhancement methodology. Four presentations addressed
sturgeon passage issues such as policy and regulations,
experimental approaches to upstream and downstream passage,
and opportunities for removal and habitat restoration,
and three presentations summarized information on regulation
changes, status determination and rehabilitation progress.
The presentation schedule, titles, and presenters/authors
is are on pages 7 – 9, and oral and poster presentation
abstracts can be found on pages 10 – 20.
The presentations addressing sturgeon passage were
given by four invited experts: Dr. Luther Aadland (Minnesota
DNR), Steve Amaral (Alden Lab), Dr. Boyd Kynard (USGS
Conte Anadromous Fish Laboratory), and Gary Whelan (Michigan
DNR). Following their presentations, these individuals
comprised an expert panel, moderated by Dave Bryson
(USFWS) that addressed questions and inquiries from
meeting participants. The panel discussion session is
paraphrased on pages 21-30.
Two facilitated breakout sessions were held to address
topics pertinent to sturgeon rehabilitation in the Great
Lakes and to encourage communication and interaction
among participants. The first breakout session was subject
oriented and the second was organized by basin(s). For
the subject breakout session six topics were offered
for group discussion and individuals chose which discussion
topic to attend. The topics were sturgeon health and
contaminants, use of GIS technology for sturgeon rehabilitation,
habitat suitability and classification, sturgeon passage
and hydropower operation, emerging issues or problems
that could result as sturgeon populations recover, and
habitat restoration and enhancement. Summary notes from
the topic oriented session are on pages 31 - 40.
Four basin oriented groups were formed for the second
breakout session. The basin groups were Lake Superior,
Lake Michigan, combined Lake Huron and Lake Erie (including
Lake St. Clair and Detroit River), and Lake Ontario
combined with the St. Lawrence River. This session served
as an opportunity for those working or interested in
sturgeon related activities on a particular basin to
gather and discuss topics of importance to participants.
Summary notes from the basin oriented breakout sessions
are on pages 41 – 50.
Poster presentations were displayed during an evening
potluck social held in the motel atrium the evening
of day one. Participants contributed home cooked and
purchased foods for the potluck which drew about 75
individuals. The social provided participants an opportunity
to view posters, network with fellow sturgeon enthusiasts
in a relaxed social setting, and if they were lucky,
to hear their name called for one of the sturgeon related
Meeting feedback and comments submitted by participants
on the evaluation form is summarized on pages 51-52.
Meeting participant names and contact information is
on pages 54 – 60 and biographical information
provided by participants prior to the meeting is on
pages 61 – 79.
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