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News Release: Agencies Review Joint Strategic Plan for Management of Great Lakes Fisheries

For Immediate Release						
January 10, 1997							
Contact:  Marc Gaden
313-662-3209 ext. 14

Agencies Review Joint Strategic Plan 
for Management of Great Lakes Fisheries 

Officials from state, federal, provincial, and tribal fisheries and
environmental management agencies met December 16-18, 1996 in Detroit to
review the Joint Strategic Plan for Management of Great Lakes Fisheries
and to discuss ways in which implementation of the Plan could be
strengthened and clarified.  The Joint Strategic Plan is reviewed
periodically to address new Great Lakes challenges and priorities.

The December review workshop focused on four aspects of the Plan:  basin
governance, accountability, operations, and shared responsibility.   The
outcome of the discussions will provide a basis for fishery agency
directors to consider changes to Plan implementation.   

Review of the Plan is led by a steering committee chaired by Bob Beecher
(OMNR) and Doug Jester (MDNR) and comprising John Cooley (DFO), Danny
Epstein (EC), Ken Fritz (ODNR), Chris Goddard (GLFC), Gary Gulezian
(EPA), Tracy Mehan (MDEQ), and Jim Zorn (GLIFWC).  The Great Lakes
Fishery Commission has facilitated the development, implementation, and
review of this partnership agreement.  Recommended changes, if any, will
be considered by the signatory agencies early in 1997, according to the
Steering Committee’s schedule.

The Joint Strategic Plan was developed in 1980 by natural resource
agencies with responsibility for fisheries on the Great Lakes.  The Plan
identifies the lake committees of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission as
the major action arms for the agencies to achieve their joint objectives
for sustaining and enhancing the fisheries. 

"Since its inception, the Joint Strategic Plan has worked remarkably
well, thanks to a commitment by the signatory agencies to work within
the guidelines of the Plan," said steering committee member Tracy Mehan,
Director of Michigan's Office of the Great Lakes.   "The Plan is widely
viewed as one of the world's best examples of cooperative,
ecosystem-based fishery management.  It is noteworthy that environmental
managers joined fisheries managers in this review.  By working together,
we have strengthened our resolve to manage the Great Lakes as an

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DFO		Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada
EC		Environment Canada
EPA		U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
GLIFWC		Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission
GLFC		Great Lakes Fishery Commission
MDEQ		Michigan Department of Environmental Quality 
MDNR		Michigan Department of Natural Resources
ODNR		Ohio Department of Natural Resources
OMNR		Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources