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GREAT LAKES Correction MazinaiganapologizesforincorrectlyattributingthearticleWorkshop explores lampricide resistance that appeared in the Spring 2015 edi- tion page 4 to Bill Mattes Great Lakes Section leader. The article was a press release from the Great Lakes Fishery Commission. Black River Harbor Mich. Newly hired Climate Change Fisheries Technician Ron Parisien Jr. is spending time riding commercial fishing tugs to gatherdietgrowthandagedatafromadi- kameg Lake Whitefish on Gichigami Lake Superior as well as other fishes. Informationondietgrowthandage is vital to understanding fish communi- ties and will be used in models on bio- energetics energy flow through living things food webs and the ecosystem of the near-shore waters of Lake Superior. An investigation into the differ- ences between Lake Superior and lower GreatLakesfoodwebswillbecompleted with the diet data. Additional research partnerships will be sought to continue and enhance current modeling efforts. In addition to gathering diet data the Great Lakes Section is directing a project to test the assumption that water temperature changes have altered the temperature andor depth distribution of lake trout. This will be done by collecting temperature and depth data from archival tags placed on lake trout between 2015 and 2017 and comparing it to data collected during 2001 to 2003 under a USFWS Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act grant. Previously collected temperature data are used in bioenergetics modeling of Lake Superior predatory fish includ- ing lake trout and sea lamprey and in stock assessment models. Changestothetemperatureregime inhabited by lake trout will lead to changes in bioenergetics and fishery assessment models. Also changes in the depths inhabited by lake trout may influencecatchesinstandardizedassess- ments and sport and commercial fisher- ies.Recaptureoftaggedfishwillinclude agency assessment fishing commercial fishing and sport fishing. Location of harvestdateanddepthinformationwill be gathered for each recapture. When possible biological charac- teristicswillbecollectedwhichinclude lengthweightandanagingstructure.As with the 2001 to 2003 study fishermen will be asked to report fish captured with archival tags to the Great Lakes Section and will receive a 100 reward. Temperature and depth information will then be downloaded and stored on a database for later analysis. To report tagged fish go to glifwc.orgtag.html. For more information on the 2001-2003 studygotodata.glifwc.orgarchive.bio Project20Report2004-01.pdf Data on Gichigami fish gathered Focus on diet and water temperaturedepth studies By Bill Mattes GLIFWC Great Lakes Biologist In the lab GLIFWC staff analyze stomach samples taken from lake trout during assessment work in Lake Superior. The sampling is part of a study to determine lake trouts diet. In the lab are Great Lakes Section staff from the left Ron Parisien Jr. fishery technician Bill Mattes section leader and Kassandra Arts Northland College intern. To the left Otoliths ear bones of fish are used to determine the age. The bones sit inside fluid filled sacs inside of the fishs skull. Fisheries technicians remove the otoliths by cutting the skull bone and then place them in coin envelopes for later analysis. The Lake Superior Binational Forum one of the five Great Lakes citizen forums was composed of dedi- cated Lake Superior stakeholders who focused on outreach education and solicitingpubliccommentsfromdiverse stakeholders on the management of Gichigami. Formed in 1991 the Lake Superior Binational Forum has more- or-less been the only basin-wide out- reach component of a binational effort to protect and restore the Great Lakes. Twelve citizen representatives fromtheUnitedStatesandtwelvefrom Canada composed the core body and at times included tribalfirst nations members. However funding through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative GLRI and the Environmental Protec- tion Agency EPA was eliminated in early 2015. The EPAinformed the five Forums last fall that funding would no longer be provided and that tribal and state governmental agencies would be responsible for their own outreach and public comment opportunities in the future. AccordingtoLissaRadkeformercoordinatoroftheLakeSuperiorBinational Forum and sole staff member EPA administrators said the reason for the cut was to direct all GLRI resources towards clean-up and restoration efforts. Radke notes that annual funding for all five Great Lakes forums amounted to around 400000 so the elimination of this funding had a minor impact on total dollars available in the 300 million dollar budget designated for Great Lakes protection and restoration this year. She considers one of the Lake Superior Forums major successes to be engag- ing a very diverse group of stakeholders in lake management issues with major initiatives to incorporate tribes and hear their concerns. The last Forum meeting in fact was held at the Red Cliff reservation in November 2014 attracting 165 participants for a half day of speakers highlighting tribal success stories as well as public input conversations and an evening arts and cultural program celebrating storytelling songs and dancing. Open public meetings such as this one were popular with the public since the Forum hosted regional speakers who brought fact-based information on a variety of important topics and offered opportunities for the public to give input on how they wanted Lake Superior to be managed. Recommendations developed through input heard at Forum meetings were brought to the Lake Superior Binational Programs Workgroup Task Force and the Great Lakes National Program Office within the the Environmental Protec- tion Agency. The Forum instituted and maintained many successful outreach programs including Lake Superior Environmental Stewardship Awards a friends of the lake program called Lake Superior Stewards Lake Superior Day a weekly radio program an electronic newsletter and website making information about Lake Superior management issues available to a broad public audience all around the lake. Radke believes that Lake Superior Day will go forward because other groups will continue to actively support that effort on their own. The Forum members are looking for avenues to continue their outreach and education program with the possibility of linking with another entity with a 501c3 status in order to regroup. While it is disheartening to see a strong program fold we say chi miigwech for 24 years of hard work protecting Gichigami the Great Lake and its inhabitants and hope other avenues will open to continue this important work. Check out the Lake Superior Binational Forum website at httpwww.supe- riorforum.org EPA cuts Binational Forum funding Forum seeks to regroup By Sue Erickson Staff Writer Brian Bainbridge Red Cliff vice- chairman spoke at the final Binational Forum meeting in Red Cliff in November 2014. COR Free workshop on edible wild plants Preserving the Power of Plants a full-day free workshop will focus on identifying harvesting culti- vating and preparing native edibles. Starting at 900 am on June 9 at the Northern Great Lakes Visitors Center NGLVC Ashland Wisconsin the workshop will include both indoor and outdoor sessions including presentations on ethnobotany cooking demonstrations and plant identificaton walks plus a natural food lunch. The event is sponsored by the UW-Superior NGLVC and GLIFWC. For more information contact 715-398-8477. MAZINAIGAN PAGE 4 SUMMER 2015