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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 31, 2005

Contacts: Jim Dexter 269-685-6851, ext. 103 or Mary Dettloff 517-335-3014
				
Strategic Stocking Options for Lake Michigan Salmonids
Subject Conference in Kenosha on Sept. 24

A one-day conference on future stocking options and the status and health of the trout and salmon fishery in Lake Michigan will take place on Saturday, Sept. 24, on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in Kenosha, Wis. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources, along with its counterparts from the states of Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana will participate, along with the Chippewa-Ottawa Resource Authority.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend the conference, which will begin at 9 a.m. Central Time in the Student Union Cinema at the UW-Parkside located at 900 Wood Road in Kenosha.

"The Michigan DNR is pleased to be collaborating with our partner management agencies and the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant staff to bring this conference to the public," said Jim Dexter, DNR Lake Michigan basin coordinator. "The agencies that direct fishery management for Lake Michigan will be discussing the sport fishery and forage base dynamics of the lake, and reviewing strategic stocking options that may be used for future stocking. While salmon fishing has been exceptionally good this year, there is enough concern within the agencies and angling communities that reductions in stockings may be prudent starting next year. We are attempting to balance predator and prey numbers as best we can."

Selected topics will address management goals and objectives, the health and status of Chinook salmon and their prey, an analysis of the risks involved with any decisions and a suite of potential options for stocking - including no change. Facilitated break-out sessions will occur in the afternoon to gain input from the public.

A paper on this issue will be available on the DNR Fisheries Web page on Tuesday, Sept. 6. 

Those who cannot attend will be able to send in written comments through the Web page or mail through Sept. 30.

Conference registration is $10, and a printable form is available on the DNR Web page under the Fishing section. Registration is being coordinated through Wisconsin Sea Grant. Refreshments and lunch will be served. For registration information, contact Phil Moy at (920) 683-4697.

The DNR is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural resources for current and future generations.

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