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From:     NEWS@fws.gov AT FWS
Date:     10/19/99 12:27 PM
To:       fws-news@www.fws.gov AT FWS
Subject:  4 Tribes, 2 Federal Agencies, State Study Lake Trout Stoc...

Contact:  Mark Holey 920-465-7435
October 19, 1999
Joan Guilfoyle 612-810-6797


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is coordinating a
research study to
determine the success of stocking lake trout directly over
traditional spawning
reefs in Lake Michigan. The Service has been stocking lake
trout over reefs
since 1985.

Fishery staff from the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa
Indians of Michigan,
Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, Grand Traverse Band
of Ottawa and
Chippewa Indians of Michigan, and Little River Band of Ottawa
Indians of
Michigan, the U.S. Geological Survey Great Lakes Science
Center, and the
Michigan Department of Natural Resources will assist Service
fishery biologists
in surveying 31 lake trout spawning reefs across northern
starting this week.

For the next three years, sampling will occur on reefs from
Ludington, Michigan
to Algoma, Wisconsin during the last two weeks in October
through the first week
in November. Contracted tribal or state licensed commercial
fishers will use
research gill nets eight hundred feet long on spawning reefs
near Leland, and in
waters near Michigan's Upper Peninsula and the Wisconsin shore
to assist fishery
biologists. The nets will be set twice during the fall at two
locations on each

"This project will not only teach us a great deal about the
ability of stocked
fish to repopulate a reef area, but how to improve lake trout
stocking methods
in general." said Mark Holey of the Service's Green Bay,
Wisconsin, Fishery
Resources Office.

The Service's Pendills Creek and Jordan River National Fish
Hatcheries in
Michigan, along with Iron River National Fish Hatchery in
northern Wisconsin
supply and help stock an average of two million lake trout into
Lake Michigan
each year. Since 1985, the majority of lake trout stocked into
the lake have
been transported by boat to be planted directly over the reefs
chosen by fish
managers. Managers select reefs that have the best chance of
lake trout
returning to them once they reach spawning age. But the funds
to test the
effectiveness of this method have been unavailable until now.

"Funding for this research project has been provided by the
Great Lakes Fishery
Trust," said Holey. "The Trust was created in 1998 to
compensate the public for
the past and future fish loss that results from the operation
of the Ludington
Pumped Storage Hydroelectric facility in Ludington, Michigan.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal
agency responsible
for conserving, protecting, and enhancing fish, wildlife and
plants and their
habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.
The Service manages
the 93-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System comprised
of more than 500
national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands, and
other special
management areas.  It also operates 66 national fish
hatcheries, 64 fish and
wildlife management assistance offices, and 78 ecological
services field
stations.  The agency enforces federal wildlife laws,
administers the Endangered
Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores
nationally significant
fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as
wetlands, and helps
foreign governments with their conservation efforts.  It also
oversees the
Federal Aid program that distributes hundreds of millions of
dollars in excise
taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state wildlife agencies.

For further information about the programs and activities of
the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service in the Great Lakes-Big Rivers Region, please
visit our home
page at: http://www.fws.gov/r3pao/


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