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Posted on behalf of David Reid <david.reid@noaa.gov>

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NOAA GREAT LAKES SEMINAR SERIES
SEMINAR ANNOUNCEMENT

WHEN:
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2002

TIME:
10:30 A.M.

TITLE:
"LAKE ERIE'S ARTIFICIAL REEF PROGRAM: A PROJECT AND RESEARCH OVERVIEW "

SPEAKER:
Dave Kelch (Sea Grant scientist)
Associate Professor, District Specialist, Ohio Sea Grant College Program

WHERE:
GLERL Main Conference Room
2205 Commonwealth Blvd.
Ann Arbor, MI  48105

ABSTRACT:
>From 1984-1989, artificial reefs were constructed at two locations in
central Lake Erie by the Ohio State University's Sea Grant College Program.
The goals were to improve sportfishing opportunity in near shore waters,
evaluate the effectiveness of these structures as fish concentration
devices, and eventually assist other coastal communities in developing
artificial reef programs. Underwater video assessment of these reefs during
1992-1995 indicated fish concentrations on reefs were 20 to 50 times geater
than non-reef control sites. An economic research project during 1992
valued the Lorain Artificial reef in excess of $275,000; three time the
construction cost. During 1996, Ohio Sea Grant recommended to the City of
Cleveland that portions of the old Cleveland Browns Stadium be used for
nearshore artificial reefs. Assisting the city with this project, three new
artificial reefs were constructed offshore of Cleveland during 1998. Ohio
Sea Grant also provided assistance to the Illinois Department of Natural
Resources in their construction of artificial reefs offshore of Chicago in
1999. During 1999-2000, Ohio Sea Grant, in cooperation with the Ohio
Department of Natural Resources, Lake Erie Geological Survey Unit,
conducted side-scan sonar evaluation of all Lake Erie artificial reefs.
These images now appear on the Ohio Sea Grant website for angler and diver
use. We conclude that, when properly planned and located, artificial reefs
would provide beneficial fish habitat along most of Lake Erie's near shore
zone, and may have application Great Lakes wide.

CONTACT: Dr. Rochelle Sturtevant, NOAA/GLERL, 734-741-2287


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