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Vessel Coordination Workshop: March 11-12

For Immediate Release: March 4,
Contact:Dr. Michael J. Donahue
        Great Lakes Commission
        Phone: 313-665-9135                             
        Fax: 313-665-4370
        E-mail: mdonahue@glc.org

Great Lakes Research Vessel Coordination Workshop set for March 11-12 in

*Registration deadline for media: Monday, March 10*

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Demands for science-based decisionmaking in the
binational Great Lakes Basin are increasing, while research funding and
related resources are being reduced or otherwise constrained.   

* How can we better communicate/share resources to maximize capability? 

* Is there unnecessary duplication that can be eliminated or unmet needs
to address? 

* Is some form of new institutional arrangement needed to improve the
operational efficiency of the Great Lakes research fleet and the near-
and long-term future of vessel-based Great Lakes research?

These are all pressing questions that will be addressed at the Great
Lakes Research Vessel Coordination Workshop, scheduled for March 11-12
at The River Place Hotel in Detroit. More than 75 researchers,
agency/institute directors, and vessel managers and operators will be in
attendance, representing state, federal and provincial agencies, and
universities and research institutes throughout the binational Great
Lakes Basin.

Through plenary sessions and facilitated breakout groups, attendees
will craft a strategic plan to promote—through enhanced communication
and cooperation—the more efficient and cost-effective use of Great Lakes
research vessel resources. 

Attendees also will benefit from an associated product of this
initiative: a comprehensive, descriptive inventory of all Great Lakes
research vessels, including specifications, instrumentation, sailing
schedule, contact person and other information. Both hard copy and
online versions of this information will be produced.

There is no registration fee for this event; however, a two-day meal
package is offered for $75 (U.S.) or $95 (CA). Media representatives
planning to attend should pre-register by March 10 by contacting      
Dr. Michael Donahue at the Great Lakes Commission, 313-665-9135.
Information also is available online at

Workshop sponsors include the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration, Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory; U.S.
Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division, Great Lakes Science
Center; Great Lakes Commission; University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee,
Center for Great Lakes Studies; Department of Fisheries and Oceans,
Canada Centre for Inland Waters, Great Lakes Laboratory for Fisheries
and Aquatic Studies; Michigan Department of Natural Resources; U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency, Great Lakes National Program Office;
U.S. EPA, Duluth; and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.


The Great Lakes Commission is a nonpartisan, interstate compact agency
created by state and federal law and dedicated to promoting a strong
economy, clean environment and high quality of life for residents of the
eight-state Great Lakes region (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota,
New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin). The Commission consists of
state legislators, agency officials and governors’ appointees from its
member states, and also maintains a formal Observer program involving
U.S. and Canadian federal and provincial agencies, tribal authorities,
binational agencies and other regional interests. The Commission offices
are located in Ann Arbor, Michigan.