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GLIN==> Interior Scientists Lauded for Great Lakes Invasive Species Work

Richard Greenwood
    USFWS Liaison to USEPA Great Lakes National Program Office
    Team Leader Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem Team
Great Lakes National Program Office
77 West Jackson Blvd. (G-17J)
Chicago, IL 60604
Ph:  312-886-3853  Fax:  312-353-2018
Email:  rich_greenwood@fws.gov or greenwood.richard@epa.gov

----- Forwarded by Rich Greenwood/R3/FWS/DOI on 06/10/03 08:46 AM -----

Contact:  Hugh Vickery 202-501-4633


Two Interior Department biologists and a Canadian colleague have been
honored by the Great Lakes Fishery Commission for their work on sea lamprey

Roger Bergstedt, chief of the U.S. Geological Survey's Lake Huron
Biological Station at Hammond Bay, Mich., and Michael Fodale of the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service's Sea Lamprey Control station at Marquette,
Mich., were recognized June 3 during the commission's annual meeting in
Thunder Bay, Ontario, along with Douglas Cuddy of the Department of
Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

The three scientists received the Vernon Applegate Award for Outstanding
Contributions to Sea Lamprey Control. Presented annually by the commission,
this award recognized the three for their efforts in sea lamprey larval
assessment on the St. Marys River.

All three are members of  the commission's Sea Lamprey Integration
Committee, a U.S.-Canadian panel established to assess the sea lamprey
problem, propose treatments and advise the Great Lakes Fishery Commission.

Foldale is a 23-year veteran with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  He
has spent most of his Service career at the Marquette office, and has led
the sea lamprey Larval Assessment Team since the late 1980s.

Bergstedt, Fodale and Cuddy conducted studies on the St. Marys River,
bordering the United States and Canada, using deep-water electrofishing
gear and Geographic Information System and Global Positioning System
technologies. These technologies have allowed scientists to better
understand larval sea lamprey distribution and abundance in the St. Marys
River and ultimately to better coordinate control efforts in this large and
complex river system.

"Over the past decade, the commission has seen tremendous advances in its
control program for the invasive sea lamprey, a parasitic fish that wreaks
havoc on the Great Lakes fishery," said commission Chair Bill Beamish as he
presented the award.

Beamish praised Bergstedt, Fodale and Cuddy for their research, which he
said would help reduce the use of chemicals to control sea lampreys and
contribute to the use of more alternative control methods.

Assistant Interior Secretary Craig Manson, appointed to the Great Lakes
Fishery Commission by President Bush last November, said, "The work of
these three scientists reflects the great cooperation and motivation of all
those associated with the commission.  Their efforts have advanced
immeasurably the restoration of native species in the Great Lakes."

Sea lampreys, a parasitic fish native to the North Atlantic Ocean and many
of its tributaries, invaded the lower Great Lakes in the late 1800s and
early 1900s and eventually reached the upper Great Lakes in the mid to late
1930s.  The invasion of sea lampreys combined with over-harvest by
commercial fisheries lead to a collapse of the lake trout fishery by the
mid to late 1950s in most of the Great Lakes. As the lake trout population
diminished, sea lamprey attacks on other species of fish increased and
ultimately lead to great changes in the aquatic biota of the Great Lakes.

The Great Lakes Fishery Commission is an international organization
established by the governments of the United States and Canada through the
1955 Convention on Great Lakes Fisheries. The commission has the
responsibility to coordinate fisheries research, control sea lampreys and
facilitate implementation of the Joint Strategic Plan for Management of
Great Lakes Fisheries.  The commission consists of four commissioners from
each nation and one U.S. alternate commissioner. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada serve as agents
of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission and work in cooperation with various
federal, provincial, state and tribal agencies in maintaining sea lamprey
abundance at or below acceptable levels.

Established in 1956, the Fish and Wildlife Service's Marquette Sea Lamprey
Control Station works in cooperation with other agencies and organizations
to conduct ecologically sound and publicly acceptable integrated sea
lamprey management activities.  The station, along with a second Service
sea lamprey control facility in Ludington, Mich., is funded by the Great
Lakes Fishery Commission.

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