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E-M:/ Funding - 2004 Great Lakes Fishery Trust



The Great Lakes Fishery Trust (GLFT) is now accepting pre-proposals for 2004 Great Lakes fisheries research projects in two theme areas:
  1. Fish Recruitment
    Projects that describe and clarify mechanisms such as abiotic conditions, predation, competition, fish health, or food-web disruptions that affect the recruitment of Great Lakes fish species.

  2. Fish Health
    Projects that focus on fish diseases that affect the growth, survival, reproduction, or use of a Great Lakes fish species (e.g., identification of potential triggers, factors influencing rates of infection and mortality, transmission mechanisms, potential controls, etc.).
    AND
    Projects that focus on the diet of Great Lakes fish species and how changes in food supply organisms may be significantly affecting the growth, survival, or reproduction of a fish population.

Pre-proposals will be accepted only through our E-Grant Application System on or before 5:00 p.m., February 3, 2004. The GLFT e-Grant application system will guide you through the process for submitting pre-proposals. The website can be accessed at www.glft.org. This competitive process will be used as the basis for the disbursement of up to $2 million in funding. Grant awards will be made in August 2004.

The Great Lakes Fishery Trust was created in 1996 as a part of a court settlement for fish losses at the Ludington Pumped Storage Project hydroelectric facility jointly owned by Consumers Energy and the Detroit Edison Company. The facility has operated since 1972 under a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) license on Great Lakes bottom lands leased from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Although both the FERC license and the state lease required measures to prevent entrainment and destruction of fish in the facility, many fish were killed as a result of the operation of the project.

The Trust is administered by a six-member board of trustees representing the MDNR, Michigan Department of Attorney General, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, MUCC, NWF, and U.S. Department of Interior; the Tribal Councils of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians and the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians have designated provisional trustees. A twelve-member Scientific Advisory Team monitors the effectiveness of the barrier net under the FERC license, and advises the Trust board on project funding.

If you have any questions, or require additional information, please contact me at 517-371-7468.

Sincerely,

Mark Coscarelli

Assistant Trust Manager