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DNR LAKE MICHIGAN EXPERTS TO SPEAK AT GREAT LAKES FISHERY COMMISSION MEETING IN MILWAUKEE

Contact(s): Brad Eggold, DNR southern Lake Michigan fisheries supervisor, 414-382-7921, Bradley.Eggold@wisconsin.gov; Terry Margenau, DNR Lake Superior fisheries supervisor, 715-779-4035, Terry.Margenau@wisconsin.gov; Jennifer Sereno, DNR communications, 608-770-8084, Jennifer.Sereno@wisconsin.gov
February 16, 2016

MILWAUKEE - Fisheries biologists from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will be among those presenting information at the upcoming Upper Lake Committees Meeting sponsored annually by the Great Lakes Fishery Commission.

The Lake Superior, Lake Michigan and Lake Huron Committees meet to assess the status of fish communities, discuss Great Lakes issues and plan future management activities.

The Upper Lake Committees meeting will be held March 21-23 at the Intercontinental Milwaukee. Brad Eggold, DNR southern Lake Michigan fisheries supervisor, said the meeting will feature a presentation on the "State of Lake Michigan."

The Lake Michigan committee session runs from 9 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 5 p.m. on March 22 and wraps up from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on March 23. In addition to the Lake Michigan report, state residents with an interest in Lake Superior will be able to learn more during a meeting of the Lake Superior committee from 11 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. on March 23.

"This is a unique opportunity for Wisconsin residents -- especially anglers -- to come and hear talks on a variety of Lake Michigan topics," said Eggold. "Through the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, Wisconsin DNR works in partnership with agencies from other states, the province of Ontario and tribal governments to collaboratively manage the Great Lakes fishery, which is worth more than $7 billion annually. This year, we're pleased to see that Lake Michigan will be a major focus of the discussion."

The Great Lakes Fishery Commission was established in 1955. It coordinates fisheries research and conducts efforts to control the invasive sea lamprey. A guiding principle of the commission is that Great Lakes resources must be managed as a whole - a principle borne out by the movement of fish and unwanted aquatic invaders throughout lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, Ontario and Erie. More information about the commission is available on their website at www.glfc.org (exit DNR).

The Great Lakes Fishery Commission Upper Lake Committees Meeting is free and open to the public. Those interested in attending are asked to contact Haley Tober of the commission at htober@glfc.org or 734-669-3014.

To learn more about Wisconsin's management of the Lake Michigan fishery, search the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov for "Fishing Lake Michigan." From the Fishing Lake Michigan page, anglers can access additional information on annual trout and salmon spawning activity by visiting pages for the Root River Report, Strawberry Creek Weir Report and Besadny Anadromous Fisheries Facility Report. These pages include a subscribe feature that allows anglers to receive notifications and timely reports.

To learn more about Wisconsin's management of the Lake Superior fishery, search "Fishing Lake Superior," where anglers can access additional information on annual trout and salmon spawning activity by visiting pages for the Brule River fishery, or Fishing the Brule River.

Last Revised: Tuesday, February 16, 2016




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