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GLIN==> Preliminary Workshop Announcement (nearshore fisheries habitats)



Posted on behalf of Tamara Lipsey <lipseyt@michigan.gov>

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December 10, 2002

Dear Colleague:
This letter serves as a preliminary announcement for a workshop
entitled, "Research, Assessment, and Data Needs to Promote Protection of
Great Lakes Nearshore Fisheries Habitat."  Funding for this workshop is
provided by the Great Lakes Fishery Trust, and the workshop will be
facilitated by the Aquatic Ecology Program of the Michigan Natural
Features Inventory.  This two-day workshop is tentatively scheduled for
late March 2003, and will be held at the Annis Water Resources Institute
in Muskegon, MI.

The goal of this workshop is to identify information gaps that
currently impede efforts to evaluate, manage, and protect nearshore
fishery habitats in the Great Lakes.  The objectives of this workshop
are to:

1) Identify impediments to Great Lakes nearshore fisheries habitat
assessment, management, and protection.
2) Identify existing and potential threats to Great Lakes nearshore
fisheries habitat integrity.
3) Identify the range of Great Lakes nearshore fisheries habitat
information and research needs for protection and management of these
resources.
4) Identify the most efficient ways to gather, store, distribute,
and manage fishery habitat information for use among multiple agencies,
organizations, public and private interests, and the research
community.
5) Identify data needs and protocols for monitoring and mapping
nearshore fisheries habitats important for residential, migratory,
spawning and nursery requirements of Great Lakes fishes.
6) Identify existing methodologies for describing and conducting
studies of Great Lakes nearshore habitats; identify gaps in
methodologies and seek new technologies to help fill those gaps.
7) Identify partnerships among researchers, agency personnel, and
managers and public/private interests that integrate diverse expertise
to develop innovative approaches for the study, management and
protection of Great Lakes nearshore habitats.
8) Produce a workshop proceedings for the Great Lakes research
community that will inform and guide future funding decisions. These
proceedings will include a nearshore fisheries habitat bibliography

In addition to the March workshop, we will be also seeking input from
the community of agency personnel, researchers, conservationists and
other interested parties through a pre-workshop survey.  This survey, to
be distributed in January 2003, will be designed to help refine issues
to be discussed at the workshop and will provide interested parties who
will be unable to attend the workshop with the opportunity to provide
input into these very important issues.  

At this time, we are assembling a list of potential survey and/or
workshop participants.  Please contact Tamara Lipsey
(lipseyt@michigan.gov, 517-373-1552) or Reuben Goforth
(goforthr@michigan.gov, 517-335-4581) if you are interested in
participating in this effort to identify impediments to the protection,
management and conservation of Great Lakes nearshore fisheries habitats.
 
Additional detailed information for this workshop will be distributed
in January 2003.  We hope to hear from you soon!  
 
Sincerely,

Reuben R. Goforth, Ph.D.
Tamara Lipsey


Tamara S. B. Lipsey
Aquatic Ecologist
Michigan Natural Features Inventory
P.O. Box 30444
Lansing, MI 48909-7644
(517) 373-1552
Fax: (517) 373-6705


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