May 4-6, 2016

Traverse City, Michigan


The meeting will be held at Park Place Hotel in downtown Traverse City:

Park Place Hotel

300 East State Street

Traverse City, Michigan 49684

(231) 946-5000

Click Here for a map of the hotel and local restaurants and attractions (May require a Google account to access)


Air Travel

Traverse City's Cherry Capital Airport is the closest airport ( Cherry Capital (TVC) is serviced by American, Delta, and United airlines. The Park Place Hotel offers complimentary shuttle service to and from TVC.

Overnight Accommodations

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Park Place Hotel at the federal per diem rate of $89.95/night (before taxes)

Deadline for reservations is April 1, 2016

Reservations can be made by calling the Park Place Hotel at (231) 946-5000 and requesting the Great Lakes Commission room block.

Remote Participation Options:

Teleconference line #’s”


United States : +1 (571) 317-3129

Canada : +1 (647) 497-9353

Access Code: 567-141-813


United States : +1 (669) 224-3318

Canada : +1 (647) 497-9379

Access Code: 210-197-349


United States : +1 (669) 224-3318

Canada : +1 (647) 497-9379

Access Code: 591-684-405

For webinar access and registration, please contact Susan Pasko.

Wednesday Field Trip: 

For a detailed itinerary for the field trip click HERE.

The field trip will be held rain or shine, so please check the weather for Wednesday before you leave and pack appropriately. We recommend shoes that are good for walking on trails and dunes. The current forecast (subject to change!) is mid-50s with rain likely in the morning.

Please refer to the Federal Register Notice for more details and registration information.

Tuesday, May 3

8:30-5:00 PMGreat Lakes Panel Meeting


Wednesday, May 4

7:30-8:00 AMRegistration
8:00-8:10 AMWelcome & Housekeeping 

David Hoskins, USFWS; Assistant Director, Fish and Aquatic Conservation  

Jennifer Lukens, NOAA Fisheries; Director, Office of Policy
8:10-8:15 AMTraditional Welcome

Tom Shomin, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians
8:15-8:25 AM(#1) Self Introductions (name and agency)
8:25-8:30 AM(#2) Adoption of Agenda & Approval of Minutes
8:30-8:40 AMGreat Lakes Restoration Initiative Support for Aquatic Invasive Species Activities in the Great Lakes Region: Introductory Remarks

John Navarro, Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources
8:40-9:00 AM(#3) Overview of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative – Accomplishments and Opportunities

Jamie Schardt, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
9:00-9:20 AM(#4) Implementing Michigan’s AIS Program

Sarah LeSage, Michigan Dept. of Environmental Quality
9:20-9:40 AM(#5) Implementing Indiana’s AIS Program

Eric Fischer, Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources
9:40-10:00 AM(#6) An Interstate Plan for AIS Prevention, Early Detection and Response

Sarah LeSage, Michigan Dept. of Environmental Quality;

Lindsay Chadderton, The Nature Conservancy
10:00-10:20 AMBREAK
10:20-10:40 AM(#7) USFWS Early Detection Surveillance for Non-native Aquatic Species in the Great Lakes

Stephen Hensler, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service
10:40-11:00 AM(#8) Advancing AIS Control using an Integrated Pest Management Approach

Terrance Hubert, U.S. Geological Survey
11:00-11:20 AM(#10) A Regional Framework for Collaborative Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention, Response, and Regulatory Consistency

Tammy Newcomb, Michigan Dept. of Environmental Quality
11:20-11:30 AM(#11) Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Session Discussion

John Navarro, Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources
11:30-11:40 AMField trip Overview and Instructions
11:40-1:00 PMLUNCH (on your own)
1:00-5:30 PMField Trip to Sleeping Bear Dunes
5:30-7:30 PMReception @ Top of the Park, Park Place Hotel

Thursday, May 5

8:00-8:10 AMWelcome / Review of Previous Action Items
8:10-8:30 AM(#12) Discussion: ANSTF Update

David Hoskins, FWS
8:30-8:50 AM(#13) Informational: New Species Occurrences

Pam Fuller,USGS
8:50-9:10  AM(#14) Informational: GLANSIS Overview

Rochelle Sturtevant, NOAA
9:10-9:30 AM(#15) Informational: Canada’s Asian Carp Program

Becky Cudmore, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
9:30-9:50 AM(#16) Informational: Forecasting Asian Carp Impacts on the Lake Erie Food Web

Felix Martinez, NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory
9:50-10:05 AMBREAK
10:05-11:30 AMFocus Session: AIS / Interbasin Transfer:
10:05-10:15 AM(#17) Session Introduction

Dennis Riecke, MRBP Co-Chair
10:15-10:55 AM(#18) Development and Evaluation of Technologies to Prevent Interbasin Transfer of AIS

Charles Shea, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Terrance Hubert, U.S. Geological Survey
10:55-11:15 AM(#19) Regional Interbasin Prevention Needs

Regional Representatives
11:15-11:30 AM(#20) Discussion: Advancing Interbasin Prevention Efforts Nationwide
11:30-12:00 PM(#21) Informational: Harnessing CRISPR and Gene Drive to Precisely Remove Invasive Species

Kevin Esvelt, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, MIT Media Lab
12:00-1:30 PMLUNCH
1:30-1:50 PM(#22) Informational: GAO’s 2015 Report on Aquatic Invasive Species— Spending, Activities, and Measuring Progress

Tama Weinberg, U.S. Government Accountability Office
1:50-2:20 PM(#23) Discussion: Addressing the GAO Report Recommendation
2:20-2:30 PM(#24) Decisional: Updated New York State Management Plan

Catherine McGlynn, NY State Department of Environmental Conservation
2:30-2:50  PM(#25) Informational: Idaho’s Watercraft Inspection Program

Thomas Woolf, Idaho State Department of Agriculture
2:50-3:05 PM(#26) Update on the Technical Information Report on Boat Design and Construction in Consideration of AIS

Brian Goodwin, ABYC
3:05-3:20 PMBREAK
3:20-4:50 PM(#27) Informational: Member Updates
4:50-5:00 PMPublic Comment
5:00 PMAdjourn

Friday, May 6

8:00-8:10 AMWelcome Back, New Introductions
8:10-9:10 AM(#27) Informational: Regional Panel Updates
9:10-10:00 AM(#28) Decisional: Regional Panel Recommendations
10:00-10:10 AM(#29) Decisional: Ex-officio Member Requests
  • National Marine Manufacturers Association
  • National Aquaculture Association
10:10-10:25 AMBREAK
10:25-10:40 AM(#30) Informational: Committee Updates
  • Economics
  • Boating Industry Partnership Committee
  • CEO Committee
10:40-11:00 AM(#31) Decisional: Federal Policy Options

Stas Burgiel, National Invasive Species Council
11:00-11:30 AM(#32) Informational: Policy and Planning from the NISC Secretariat

Stas Burgiel, National Invasive Species Council
11:30-11:40 AMPublic Comment
11:40-12:00 PM(#33) Meeting Summary
12:00 PMAdjourn