Binational fishery organization to focus on science, invasive species, and cross-border
Ann Arbor, MI - The Great Lakes Fishery Commission will hold its 63rd annual meeting
in Toronto, Ontario on May 9 and 10, 2018. The Commission, which comprises members
from Canada and the United States, implements the 1954 Convention on Great Lakes
Fisheries, a treaty focused on science, sea lamprey control, and cross-border cooperation.
The Commission meeting will highlight critical work conducted during the past year
to manage fish stocks of common concern between the two nations. The meeting is
also an opportunity for the Commission to hear from stakeholders and fishery managers
while also celebrating decades of Canadian and U.S. cooperation on fisheries research
and coordinated management of shared fish stocks.
The Commission's annual meeting will take place at the Intercontinental Hotel Toronto
Centre, 225 Front Street West, Toronto, May 9 from 1:15 pm to 5:00 pm and May 10
from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm. Members of the media, members of the public, and students
are welcome to attend. There is no charge to participate, though attendees are requested
to register at
In Toronto, the Commission also will present Professor Nick Mandrak of the University
of Toronto with the Jack Christie/Ken Loftus Award for Distinguished Contributions
toward Understanding Healthy Ecosystems and will honor the Quantitative Fisheries
Center at Michigan State University with the C.D. "Buzz" Besadny Award for Fostering
Great Lakes Partnerships.
"During this annual meeting, we will hear about a variety of important issues that
affect the day-to-day and long-term sustainability of our shared fishery" said David
Ullrich, Chair of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission. "We will hear from some of
the region's top scientists and managers about native species restoration, sea lamprey
control, fish passage technology, and climate change, to name but a few of the topics
to be presented."
"The annual meeting is also an opportunity for the Commission to interact with stakeholders
from both nations," Ullrich continued. "We are fortunate to have a robust, well-informed,
and vocal delegation of advisors who provide the Commission with valuable insights
from a wide range of perspectives including commercial fishing; sport fishing; state,
provincial, Tribal, and First Nation management; municipal government; conservation
authorities; and the environment."
Commission vice-chair Jim McKane added: "The Great Lakes fishery is worth $7 billion
annually to the people of Canada and the United States. This meeting gives us a
chance to zero in on what needs to be done to sustain this valuable resource and
is our chance to celebrate the decades of bi-national cooperation that has allowed
us to benefit so much from the fishery."