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GLIN==> 2nd Annual Fisheries Forum



January 18, 2001

Source: Patrice Charlebois, (847)872-0140
Contact: Debra Levey Larson
Media/Communications Specialist
Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant College Program
(217)333-8055; dlarson@uiuc.edu

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

2nd Annual Fisheries Forum Answers Questions about Southern Lake Michigan

URBANA- What's the newest exotic invader to southern Lake Michigan? What's the latest on yellow perch? Is the smallmouth bass population in southern Lake Michigan growing? How many chinook were harvested last year? Do fish like the new artificial reef?
These are some of the questions which will be addressed at the 2nd Annual Southern Lake Michigan Fisheries Forum on Saturday, February 3, 2001 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This half-day information meeting, which will be held at Chicago Park District's South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 South Shore Drive in Chicago, is an opportunity for anglers, charter captains, commercial interests and others who would like to learn more about the southern Lake Michigan fishery.
Patrice Charlebois, Biological Resources Specialist with Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant will present information on the current population of exotic species in southern Lake Michigan. Charlebois said, "Last year's forum was so well-received that we decided to try to make it an annual event. It's a great opportunity for people to ask researchers and resource managers questions about the status of the fisheries in southern Lake Michigan." Other session topics will include updates on research, assessment and harvest of yellow perch, trout, salmon and smallmouth bass in southern Lake Michigan, the effects of contaminants on the aquatic foodweb and the status of prey fishes in Lake Michigan.
This forum is sponsored by Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant and the Illinois and Indiana Departments of Natural Resources. While the forum is free to attend, space is limited, so register early. Doors open at 8 a.m. Breakfast will be served.
For more information about the forum including registration, contact Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, (847)872-8677; charlebo@uiuc.edu
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The Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant College Program is one of 30 National Sea Grant College Programs. Created by Congress in 1966, Sea Grant combines university, government, business and industry expertise to address coastal and Great Lakes needs. Funding is provided by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U. S. Department of Commerce, Purdue University at West Lafayette, Indiana, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.



Debra Levey Larson, Media/Communications Specialist
Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant College Program
and
Information, Technology & Communication Services
University of Illinois
63 Mumford Hall, MC-710
1301 W. Gregory Dr.
Urbana, IL 61801
IISG tel 217-333-8055
ITCS tel 217-244-2880
fax 217-333-2614
e-mail dlarson@uiuc.edu

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