LAKE HURON COMMITTEE
Thunder Bay, ON
18,19 March 1998
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 24 March draft
1. St. Marys River Fisheries Task Group
Jim Weybrandt (MDNR) will lead a St. Marys River Fisheries Task Group. A meeting will be called shortly. (OMNR has suggested angler diaries.)
2. Sea Lamprey Management Plan for Lake Huron
The LHC invited Terry Morse (USFWS) and Rob Young (DFO) to lead development of a Sea Lamprey Management Plan for Lake Huron to meet targets.
3. Resumption of Lake Trout Stocking in Northern Grids
The LHC will resume lake trout stocking in northern grids. An opportunity to manage harvest will come in 2000 with renegotiation of the consent order.
4. Effects of St. Marys River Sea lamprey Treatment on the Fish Community
The LHC will review management practices such as stocking for needed accommodations in response to the St. Marys River sea lamprey treatment.
In order to determine natural reproduction rates, the LHC will investigate clipping of all stocked chinooks. OMNR will talk to CFIP about clipping. The LHC will discuss with Ed Rutherford (U. of M) potential for chemical analysis of otoliths to determine natural reproduction rates.
5. Stocking Humpers at Yankee Reef
Michigan DNR requested a white paper for a 6,7 April meeting on the possibility of stocking humpers on Yankee Reef in 2003. Eshenroder will work with MDNR researchers Dick Schorfhaar and Jim Peck.
6. Bioenergetics Model Development
Dave Reid (OMNR) will scope with Jim Bence (MSU) possibilities for expanding the bioenergetics model to include Georgian Bay and the North Channel. One possibility was for Jim Bence (MSU) to work with Bryan Henderson (OMNR).
7. Environmental Objectives
The LHC strongly supports development of environmental objectives. Dave Reid and Dave MacLeish (OMNR) will map a process of biteable chunks, and publicize same.
8. Task Prioritization for Technical Committee
Dave MacLeish (OMNR) will draft technical committee task prioritization with timelines for LHC consideration in a conference call.
9. Prey Assessment Protocol
Guy Fleischer (USGS-BRD) will draft a prey assessment protocol for LHC consideration.
10. Cage Culture
The LHC referred to CLC for discussion, Technical Committee recommendations on cage culture:
12. Disease Assessment in the Private Sector
The Technical Committee will write the Great Lakes Fish Health Committee re the need for regular disease assessment in CFIP hatcheries.
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