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GLIN==> Great Lakes Sea Grant Fisheries Leadership Institute

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

Great Lakes Sea Grant Fisheries Leadership Institute

Sources:     Chad Dolan (217)557-1406, CDOLAN@dnrmail.state.il.us; Brian
Miller (765)494-3573, bmiller@fnr.purdue.edu

New Fisheries Leadership School in Session

"Almost all Great Lakes fisheries issues involve stakeholders weighing in on
management options," said Brian Miller, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant associate
director. "Through the Great Lakes Sea Grant Fisheries Leadership Institute
we hope to provide emerging citizen fishery leaders the fundamental
background in science and ecology necessary to make educated choices related
to fisheries management."

The new institute will operate on a regional, lake and state level to help
foster the next generation of fisheries leaders. In addition to members of
sport-fishing associations, commercial fishermen and charter captains,
participants in this program may include representatives from environmental
non-profit governmental organizations and tribes. They are nominated by
their member organization and approved by a selection committee.

"We hope to create an atmosphere that provides effective communication
between fisheries organizations and Great Lakes biologists," said Chad
Dolan, IISG fisheries extension specialist.

The Great Lakes Fisheries Leadership Institute is a partnership of the Great
Lakes Fishery Commission, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological
Survey, Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, state departments of
natural resources and environmental protection agencies and others. These
partners, along with Great Lakes Sea Grant programs, will help plan and
teach the institute sessions.

"We are expecting to learn from these participants as they learn from us,"
said Dolan, who is developing part of the curriculum. In upcoming sessions,
participants will acquire basic knowledge of fish biology, food webs,
aquatic nuisance species and the effects of contaminants on Great Lakes
fish. They will receive a certificate after completing the program.

The first session for fishery leaders in Illinois and Indiana will be
Friday, July 11, 2003 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Indiana Dunes
National Lakeshore. Groups interested in sending a representative should
contact Chad Dolan at (217) 557-1406 or email CDOLAN@dnrmail.state.il.us.

Funding for the institute is provided by the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network,
the National Sea Grant College Program, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration and the U.S. Department of Commerce.


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, the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Purdue University at West
Lafayette, Indiana.

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