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GLIN==> Southern Great Lakes Fisheries Workshop



Posted on behalf of Irene Miles <miles@uiuc.edu>

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Get Ready for the Season at the Southern Lake Michigan Fisheries Workshop

Here's a sure sign that spring is around the corner-it's time for the
Southern Lake Michigan Regional Fisheries workshop. This year, the
Illinois-Indiana and Michigan Sea Grant workshop will be held on March 2 at
the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Headquarters in Porter, Indiana.

"Before the 2002 fishing and boating season, anglers, charter boat captains
and other interested citizens can hear an update on the status and harvest
of fish in the Southern Lake Michigan region," said Patrice Charlebois,
Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant biological resources specialist.

The workshop will include experts from Michigan and Indiana Departments of
Natural Resources, Illinois-Indiana and Michigan Sea Grant, the Illinois
Natural History Survey, Ball State University and the Great Lakes
Environmental Research Lab.

Scheduled topics include Lake Michigan angling, charter boat and research
reports from Illinois, Indiana and Michigan waters, as well as some
discussion of factors affecting success; recent distribution of Diporeia, an
important food source for many native fish; an update on the Chicago
waterways dispersal barrier; and concerns related to Lake Michigan water
levels.

"In the past, our Sea Grant fishery workshops have been very well received
by participants-attendees have commented that they've learned a great deal
of useful information," said Charlebois, who is also affiliated with the
Illinois Natural History Survey and the University of Illinois, Department
of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences.

The workshop will run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., central standard time.
The registration cost is $10 in advance and $15 at the door (this covers a
continental breakfast and lunch). To pre-register, send your check (along
with contact information) to Ottawa County MSU Extension, c/o Regional
Fisheries Conference, 333 Clinton St., Grand Haven, Michigan 49417 by
February 28. Make your check payable to Ottawa County MSU Extension.
Requests for accommodations for persons with disabilities should be directed
to Charles Pistis, at the MSU Extension office at (616) 846-8250 by February
25.

The address for the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Headquarters Training
Room is 1100 N. Mineral Springs Road, Porter, Indiana. The phone number is
(219) 926-7651. To get there, take I-94 to exit 26B (IN 49 North), turn left
on US 12, and take US 12 south for 11/2 miles. Mineral Springs Road and the
entrance will be on your right.

This workshop is presented by the Illinois-Indiana and Michigan Sea Grant
Programs in cooperation with the Illinois Natural History Survey, the
Illinois, Indiana and Michigan Departments of Natural Resources, the
University of Illinois, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental
Sciences and Michigan State University Extension-Ottawa County.

For more information, contact Pistis (at the number listed above) or
Charlebois at (847) 872-0140.

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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.


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