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President Donald J. Trump appoints Charlie Wooley as U.S. Commissioner for the international Great Lakes Fishery Commission

December 14, 2018

Charlie Wooley, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Acting Midwest Regional Director at Plum Island, Wisconsin on Lake Michigan. Photo by Tina Shaw/USFWS.
Charlie Wooley, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Acting Midwest Regional Director at Plum Island, Wisconsin on Lake Michigan. Photo by Tina Shaw/USFWS.

President Donald J. Trump has selected Acting Midwest Regional Director Charlie Wooley for a prestigious appointment serving as the Federal Commissioner representing the United States on the Great Lakes Fishery Commission. In addition to his U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service responsibilities, Wooley joins the U.S. delegation that includes the State Commissioner, Academic Commissioner and the Commissioner at Large. Commissioners of the United States are appointed by the President for six-year terms.

Wooley’s work on Great Lakes issues goes back decades, including a historical milestone of serving on detail at the House of Representatives’ Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee, drafting the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act of 1990 which was passed by the 101st U.S. Congress.

“While I look fondly back on that personal milestone, I’m excited to get started with this commission’s outstanding reputation of great binational efforts. Efforts that include sea lamprey control, cutting edge sound science and foresight of potential threats to the Great Lakes that could impact the $7 billion treasure of the U.S. and Canada,” he said.

Canada and the United States share theĀ Great Lakes fishery that attracts millions of anglers, supports valuable commercial and charter fishing, is a mainstay for native peoples, and is the very fabric of a healthy environment.

The Great Lakes Fishery Commission, operating through theĀ 1954 Convention on Great Lakes Fisheries, facilitates successful cross-border cooperation that ensures the two nations work together to improve and perpetuate this fishery. Yet while the lakes fall under the jurisdictions of two nations, eight states, one province, and several tribes, the fishery resources don’t know political boundaries. Canada and the United States recognized decades ago that the best way to manage and sustain the fishery is through continuous, binational cooperation.

The commission focuses its work on the development, coordination and implementation of a binational research program to sustain Great Lakes fish stocks. It also oversees sea lamprey control and the sharing of information critical to sustaining current Great Lakes fisheries. As commissioner, Wooley will serve in a leadership role as the Great Lakes Fishery Commission continues with the implementation of the sea lamprey control program, sets research priorities and strengthens working relationships between international, federal and state partners.

“This body is the eyes and ears of our two countries, the U.S. and Canada, to identify potential threats to the Great Lakes and offer solutions. I’m very honored to pitch in and help as a representative of the United States government,” he said. “The Great Lakes Fishery Commission is living proof that international cooperation yields lasting and meaningful environmental gains for this mutually important natural resource. The Great Lakes fishery remains important to our region and country and I couldn’t be more pleased to serve the President and the people of our nation in this role.”