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

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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:

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Access

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.

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Research

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.

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Habitat

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

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Stewardship

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.

News

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 10, 2022 in Research Notes

Natal Origins of Lake Michigan Steelhead Salmon Explored

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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May 10, 2022 in Research Notes

New Freshwater Center Opens in the Upper Great Lakes

For over a decade, the Great Lakes Fishery Trust has supported Lake Superior State University’s (LSSU’s) vision to expand its capacity of its former Aquatic Research Lab by constructing a new facility at the nexus of the upper Great Lakes.
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March 3, 2022 in News

Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council projects making a dent in Cheboygan’s water quality issues

Nearly four years in the making, a new fishing access is finally coming to fruition. In 2018, the City of Cheboygan reached out to Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council, looking for assistance in improving Major City Park. Erosion along the Cheboygan River was something we could tackle; fishing platforms turned out to be the answer, as they keep foot traffic to a minimum and preserve river banks.
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Upcoming Grant Deadlines and Reviews

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

Aug 8, 2022
Research
Full Proposal SAT Review

Aug 9, 2022
Research
Full Proposal Board Review

Aug 19, 2022
Access
Proposal Deadline

Oct 11, 2022
Access
SAT Review

Nov 8, 2022
Access
Board Review