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GICHIGAMIKBICreceivesbinationalstewardshipawardforSandPointrestorationLAnseMich.TheKeweenawBayIndianCommunityNaturalResourcesDepartmentKBICNRDreceivedabinationalawardfortheirmulti-yearprojectrestoringwildlifehabitatatSandPoint.ApanelofU.S.andCanadianjudgeswiththeBinationalForumselectedthestampsandsrestorationprojectasarecipientofits11thAnnualEnvironmentalStewardshipAwardintheU.S.Tribalcategory.ThejudgeswereveryimpressedwiththeambitiousgoalsoftheprojectandtheuseofnativeplantsmanygrownintheKBICNRDgreenhousetorestorethenaturallandscapeandenhancewildlifehabitatandhumanrecreationopportunities.FundedthroughcompetitivegrantsinpartnershipwithfederalagenciesregionalorganizationsandlocalbusinessestheKBICNRDspreadatopsoilcaptocoverthetoxicstampsands.Thecapwasthenplantedwiththousandsofnativegrassesflowerstreesandshrubstofilterthecontaminantsandstabilizeanerodingshoreline.WalkingtrailswereestablishedatSandPointcompletewithexercisestationsandinformativesignageforvisitors.Asofthesummerof2014thereisnowa3.3miletrailloopintheSandPointarea.AcceptingtheawardinfrontoftheKeweenawBayIndianCommunityNaturalResourcesDepartmentKBICNRDgeodesicdomegreenhousearefromtheleftLoriShermanKBICNRDdirectorElizabethChizMatthewsKBICTribalCouncilLissaRadkeLakeSuperiorBinationalForumandPamNankervisKBICwildlifebiologist.photobyErinJohnstonByErinJohnstonLakeSuperiorProgramCoordinatorKeweenawBayIndianCommunityTaggingcriticaltolaketroutandwhitefshassessmentBiologistsurgereportingoftaggedshGichigamiAutumnbringscoolcrispweatherbeautifulcolorsandfrequentgale-forcewindsonLakeSuperior.DespitethesehighwindstheGreatLakesSectionsfallassessmentcrewalwaysfindsawaytosuccessfullycompletetheirchinamekoslaketroutandadikameglakewhitefishsurveyeachyear.Since1986GLIFWCsGreatLakesSectionwiththehelpofBadRiverpersonnelhasconductedfallgillnetsamplingwithinMichiganwatersofLakeSuperiorwiththepurposetomonitorthegrowthabundanceandmovementofadultlaketroutandlakewhitefish.ObtainingdataforthesespeciesisespeciallyimportantbecausetheycontinuetosupportathrivingtribalcommercialfisherythroughoutthecededterritoriesofLakeSuperior.Fisharecapturedwith6x750footgillnetswhicharedeployedfromGLIF-WCssurveyvesselMizhakwadmeaningfairweather.Thesenetsaresetonshallowreefswherelaketroutandwhitefishareknowntospawn.Typicallythesoaktimeforagillnetisapproximately1214hours.Fishthatarepickedoutofthegillnetsaremeasuredsexedexaminedforlampreywoundsandtaggedwithtinyspaghetti-shapedtagsknownasfloytagspriortobeingreleasedbackintothewater.ThefutureforataggedfishisuncertainataggedfishmayneverbeseenagainorfishermenmayrecaptureataggedfishandsubmitthefishsinformationtoGLIFWCbiologists.Therecaptureoftaggedfishprovidesbiologistswithuse-fulinformationregardingthegrowthmovementpatternsandabundanceoflaketroutandwhitefishpopulations.Sofarthisseason2014GLIFWCandBadRiverpersonnelhavecompletedtwoweeksofsamplingwithfourweeksremainingandhavetaggedapproximately200laketroutandwhitefishfromsitesnearSilverCityMichiganandEagleHar-borMich.TheassessmentcrewplansonsamplingmoresitesnearGayMich.andMarquetteMich.throughoutthefinalfourweeksofthesurvey.IfyoucatchafishwithanorangeGLIFWCfloytagpleasesendthetaginformationtoGLIFWCP.O.Box9OdanahWI54861oruseouronlinesystemtoentertaginformationatwww.glifwc.orgtag.html.ByBenMichaelsGLIFWCFisheriesBiologistHaulinginanetduringfalllaketroutandwhiteshassessmentsintheMichiganwatersofLakeSuperiorareJoseEstradaGLIFWCsheriesLTEleftandEdLeosoBadRiversheriestechnician.CrewinthebackgroundincludeSamQuagonGLIFWCLTEandatthewheelisMikePlucinskiGLIFWCGreatLakessheriestechnician.photobyBenMichaelsPAGE9MAZINAIGANWINTER2014-2015AnaccomplishedadvocateforLakeSuperiortribalcommercialshermenandtheirfamiliesGLIFWCsNaturalResourcesDevelopmentSpecialistJimThannumhasoverseenon-reservationfoodsafetyworkshopsandservedasacreativeadvisorhelpingpromotethecatchatregionalmarkets.InrecognitionofhiseffortsandleadershipMichiganSeaGrantMSGawardedThannumthe2014VanSniderPartnershipAwardlastSeptember.AlongwithMichiganStateUniversityExtensionThannumandMSGhavecollaboratedtoimprovethequalityandsafetyoftheGreatLakescommercialsheryfor17yearsincludingHazardAnalysisCriticalControlPointtrainingforsome550commercialshersprocessorsandaquaculturists.AboveJimThannumleftacceptstheawardfromMSGsRonKinnunen.CORThannumrecognizedasadvocatefortribalcommercialfshermen