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Providing funding to enhance, protect, and rehabilitate Great Lakes fishery resources

Great Lakes Fishery Trust Logo
Providing funding to enhance, protect, and rehabilitate Great Lakes fishery resources

Funding Priorities

The Great Lakes Fishery Trust (GLFT) pursues its mission through investments in four broad funding categories:

Link to Access to the Great Lakes Fishery page
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The Access to the Great Lakes Fishery program provides funding to significantly increase access to the Great Lakes for shore-based angling and tribal fishing.

Link to Ecological and Biological Research page
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The Ecological and Biological Research to Inform Management program provides funding to perform research to create a more resilient and stable fish community, increase the sustainable value of the fishery to stakeholders, and foster and increase self-sustaining fish populations.

Link to Habitat Protection and Restoration page
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The Habitat Protection and Restoration program provides funding to preserve essential habitat; protect, restore, and stabilize important fish habitats; and increase habitat availability.

Link to Great Lakes Stewardship page
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The Great Lakes Stewardship program provides funding to increase awareness and understanding of the ecology of the Great Lakes so residents can be advocates for strategies that support long-term sustainability of the Great Lakes fisheries and become stewards of the Great Lakes.


For the latest information and news about the Trust or to view the latest edition of our Research Notes publication, please visit our News page.

May 1, 2023 in Research Notes

GLFT-funded researchers describe the diets of predatory fish

This edition of Research Notes highlights the research contributions by Dr. Brian Roth and team on the diets of predatory fish that were supported by GLFT.
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April 28, 2023 in News

The GLFT Approves Grants for Six Projects

The GLFT Approves over $500,000 in grants that will support educational opportunities for Great Lakes students and teachers. Learn more.
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November 17, 2022 in Research Notes

Conservation Genomics May Improve Lake Sturgeon’s Future

Fishery managers in the Lake Michigan basin have new information about the journeys and survival of wild and hatchery-raised steelhead salmon (Oncorhynchus mykiss). Managing the fish effectively requires understanding the proportion of fish coming from hatcheries or the wild, generally, and from which hatchery and which river tributary, specifically.
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Upcoming Grant Deadlines and Reviews

For all grant deadlines and reviews, please visit our Apply page.

Aug 7, 2023
Full Proposal SAT Review

Aug 8, 2023
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Oct 1, 2023
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Nov 14, 2023
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