# Project Organization Contact Status Amount
0880 Genetic Identification of Non-Spawning Lake Sturgeon in the Great Lakes

The comprehensive genetic database for breeding populations of lake sturgeon collected by researchers was used to identify the natal origin of lake sturgeon collected from river and open-water habitats across the upper Great Lakes. Additional goals incuded identifing occupancy of critical nearshore and open-water habitats, identifing habitat characteristics that facilitate dispersal, and identifing populations at risk from exploitation or from catastrophic natural or anthropogenic events.

Board Decision Year: 2007
State University of New York-Oswego - Biological Sciences (Oswego) Welsh, Amy (awelsh1@oswego.edu) Completed $170,871.00
0876 Development and Application of Biomarkers for Thiamin Deficiency

Early mortality syndrome (EMS) causes significant fry mortality in salmonine and may limit their abundance in Lakes Michigan, Huron, and Ontario. Biologists have found strong evidence that links EMS to thiamin deficiency in Great Lakes salmonines. Michigan State University's Department of Fisheries and Wildlife induced thiamin deficiency and then analyzed expression of 10K genes in salmonines embryos with a cDNA microarray (gene chip). Biomarkers developed from these experiments are used as a diagnostic of thiamin deficiency in feral fish.

Board Decision Year: 2007
Michigan State University - Department of Fisheries and Wildlife (East Lansing) Li, Weiming (liweim@msu.edu) Completed $180,000.00
0869 Use of Fatty Acid Signatures to Assess Food Web Dysfunction

Through a combination of field and laboratory studies, this project sought to evaluate how fatty acid signatures can provide time-integrated and energy-based depictions of food web structure. Researchers developed a fatty acid signature library of available prey for two target species, lake trout and yellow perch, both of which exhibit poor reproductive success in Lake Michigan. They also assessed how changes in nutritional fatty acids, linked to food web changes, can affect reproductive success of both species.

Board Decision Year: 2007
State University of New York- Brockport - Environmental Science and Biology (Brockport) Rinchard, Jacques (jrinchar@brockport.edu) Completed $326,524.00
0861 Analysis of Tagging Data to Quantify Lake Trout Migration in Lake Michigan

This is a two-year study was aimed at improving understanding of movement patterns and seasonal distributions of lake trout populations in Lake Michigan. Researchers derived effort-corrected and statistically based estimates utilizing existing data from coded-wire-tag (CWT) recoveries. Results from the study aids restoration efforts and helps in achieving management objectives defined in lake trout restoration plans.

Board Decision Year: 2007
Regents of the University of Michigan - Financial Office (Pittsburgh) , (3139@glftnoemail.org) Completed $120,381.00
0857 Impacts of Introduced Pacific Salmon on Ecological Communities of Great Lakes Tributaries

University of Notre Dame determined how introduced Pacific salmon affect food web composition, energy flow, and contaminant biotransport in Great Lakes tributary streams. Impacts will be assessed by measuring the responses of algae, macroinvertebrates, and native stream fish to salmon spawners, including the incorporation of nutrients and pollutants transported by salmon. The results of this project helps Great Lakes states and provinces preserve native stream communities that might otherwise be altered by introduced Pacific salmon.

Board Decision Year: 2007
University of Notre Dame - Research & Other Sponsored Programs (Notre Dame) Lamberti, Gary A. (glambert@nd.edu) Completed $150,637.00
0856 Kalkaska County Conservation Easement Transfers

This grant money was given to Kalkaska for Kalkaska County Conservation Easement Transfers.

Board Decision Year: 2006
Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy - Land and Stewardship (Traverse City) Okma, Mike (mokma@gtrlc.org) Completed $520,240.00
0855 Dair Creek Fish Passage Project

The Dair Creek Fish Passage Project provided the following habitat and species benefits:
1) full fish passage to brook and brown trout, steelhead, and salmon to 8 miles of heavily forested, coldwater habitat in Dair Creek; 2) restored creek flows to almost a quarter mile of original streambed that has been dry; and 3) prevented additional erosion of the man-made channel due to the current condition of the barrier and the steep embankments that were established when the channel was originally excavated.

Board Decision Year: 2006
Conservation Resource Alliance - Grandview Plaza Building (Traverse City) Beyer, Amy (amy@rivercare.org) Completed $50,000.00
0854 Proposal for Bridging Funds to Support Place-Based Education

This grant supported the following activities and products:
(1) Two teacher professional development institutes were held in Traverse City and Muskegon reaching 29 teachers. The institutes focused on methods for place-based education (PBE) instruction.
(2) A toolkit was developed featuring resources, templates, products, and strategies to help hubs established by the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative (GLSI) begin and improve their work in the field. A copy of the toolkit is available on the GLFT website.
(3) Consultants expert in fundraising were retained to develop a "case for support" for PBE. A Donor Engagement Guide was developed containing a seven-step process by which new hubs may create their own cases for support for their work. The guide helps hubs clearly describe the PBE philosophy and goals all hubs share, identify their own unique attributes and potential funding sources, and engage different types of funders using creative methods and techniques. The guide is available on the GLFT website.

Board Decision Year: 2006
Northwestern Michigan College (Traverse City) Cotto, Marguerite (mcotto@nmc.edu) Completed $64,075.00
0853 Dingell Park Boardwalk and Fishing Access

Through the generosity of the Great Lakes Fishery Trust and matching input from the City of Ecorse, the old, decaying boardwalk at Dingell Park, on the Detroit River, has been completely refurbished, and transformed into the John D. Dingell Riverwalk, thus beautifying the park and allowing greater fishing access for local anglers.

Board Decision Year: 2006
City of Ecorse - Downtown Development Authority (Ecorse) Moran, Jim (moranjames@cs.com) Completed $400,000.00
0848 Frankfort Lake Michigan Beach Pier Access Project

An ADA-accessible walkway was constructed on the Lake Michigan beach in the City of Frankfort. It was constructed in three sections with 8-inch-thick reinforced concrete placed on 6-inch compacted-in-place gravel. Section 1 is 12 feet by 310 feet and extends from Sac Street to the ACOE breakwall. Section 2 is 8 feet by 420 feet and connects the Lake Michigan beach parking area to Section 1 at Sac Street. Section 3 is 8 feet by 175 feet and connects Miami Street to Sac Street. Visitors can access the walkway from four different ADA-compliant points. The site has free parking, restrooms, a footwash station, swingsets, benches, trash receptacles, and educational signage about the dangers of waves and surges along with safety rules associated with the pier.

Board Decision Year: 2006
City of Frankfort (Frankfort) Mills, Joshua (jmills@cofrankfort.net) Completed $44,045.00
0846 Walkway Access to the Portage Lake/Lake Michigan South Pier

This project provided barrier-free access to excellent recreational fishing through the construction of a walkway and related facilities to the south pier of Portage Lake on Lake Michigan, a pier maintained by the U.S. Corps of Engineers. As a result of the GLFT-funded project, there is now a 8-foot-by-656-foot barrier-free fishing access/walkway made of reinforced concrete at the site, with a 2-foot wide aggregate shoulder on each side. 2,719 square feet of rip rap was also laid. Disabled parking is available.

Board Decision Year: 2006
Onekama Township (Onekama) Meister, David (musclecar@jackpine.com) Completed $89,016.00
0844 The Great Lakes: The World's Freshwater Seas (documentary on the Great Lakes)

This is a multimedia education project, and includes a documentary film on the Great Lakes, a website, museum exhibit, and complementary educational publications.

Board Decision Year: 2006
Detroit Public Television (Wixom) Forster, Jeff (jforster@dptv.org) Completed $300,000.00
0843 A Watcher on the Shore: Nature, Culture and the Imperiled Great Lakes (a book about the Great Lakes)

The project is a book of literary journalism that documents a year spent living on the shores of the Great Lakes. It provides a vivid portrait of a unique, beautiful, and threatened place that is among the greatest natural treasures of the world yet remains poorly understood by most people. In addition to illustrating the qualities that make the Great Lakes unique, the book addresses environmental challenges that have grown more urgent since publication of the author’s award-winning book, The Living Great Lakes (St. Martin’s Press, 2003). The project is finished and should be published in late 2010 or early 2011.

Board Decision Year: 2006
Northwestern Michigan College (Traverse City) Cotto, Marguerite (mcotto@nmc.edu) Completed $40,000.00
0842 Wheelin' Sportsmen: Let's ALL Fish Lake Michigan Disability Fishing Recruitment Project

Over the course of three years, Wheelin' Sportsmen NWTF held 10 events that provided angler education, access information, and equipment to 574 children with disabilities in Grand Haven and Muskegon, Michigan.  Participant surveys, administered one year after the event, indicated that 40 percent had never participated in fishing activities before the event, 25 percent did not know before the event that Michigan had barrier-free public fishing opportunities, 62 percent learned new skills and/or stewardship techniques, and 75 percent participated in fishing again following the event.

Board Decision Year: 2006
National Wild Turkey Federation (Edgefield) Burkhart, Illana (iburkhart@nwtf.net) Completed $37,322.25
0841 Bete Grise Wetlands Acquisition Project

The Bete Grise Wetlands project was a multi-partner effort to secure conservation protection for 1,875 acres of Great Lakes fishery habitat through land acquisition coupled with a long-term joint management agreement among partner organizations. A combination of USFWS, NOAA, and private funds completed protection of 1,104 acres of the Bete Grise Wetlands, and the Nature Conservancy used this match funding to secure the remaining 771 acres.

Board Decision Year: 2006
The Nature Conservancy - Michigan Chapter (Lansing) Knoop, Jeff (jknoop@tnc.org) Completed $752,800.00
0837 Identifying Trophic Pathways Associated with Thiamine Deficiency Complex

Sources and trophic transfer pathways of thiaminase in food webs have not been characterized. The project identified species (including plankton, benthos, and fish) and trophic pathways associated with thiaminase in Great Lakes food webs. Identification of thiaminase sources and their trophic pathways is required for the development of management strategies to mitigate Thiamine Deficiency Complex. They surveyed all trophic levels at one site three times to identify sources of thiaminase and pathways of thiaminase transfer.

Board Decision Year: 2006
U.S. Geological Survey - Great Lakes Science Center (Ann Arbor) Allen, Jeffrey D. (jeffrey_allen@usgs.gov) Completed $257,800.00
0836 Trophic Disruption Effects on the Diet and Condition of Lake Whitefish

Great Lakes Laboratory for Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences tested the hypothesis that low Diporeia abundance caused by dreissenid invasion is associated with poorer diets and slower-growing, low-condition lake whitefish. The diet-condition link was examined by stable isotope analyses of whitefish from Lakes Michigan, Erie, and Superior, along a spectrum from invaded with complete Diporeia loss (Erie), to invaded with partial Diporeia loss (Michigan), to uninvaded with no Diporeia loss (Superior).

Board Decision Year: 2006
Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Great Lakes Laboratory for Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (Burlington, ON, Canada) , (referralsburlington@dfo-mpo.gc.ca) Completed $81,000.00
0835 Testing of Nonlethal and Environmental Sampling Methods for Detection of the Fish Pathogen Renibacterium Salmoninarum

This project completed laboratory testing and began field evaluation of nonlethal and environmental sampling methods for detecting the agent of bacterial kidney disease (BKD) in Great Lakes salmonid fishes and water, respectively. Nonlethal detection methods that enable monitoring of performance and survival of fish after testing, and methods for monitoring the pathogen in the environment, enhance evaluation of the impacts of this important pathogen on Great Lakes salmonids.

Board Decision Year: 2006
Western Fisheries Research Center, U.S. Geological Survey - Fish Health Section (Seattle) Elliott, Diane (diane_elliott@usgs.gov) Completed $327,971.00
0812 Determine the Critical Period of Olfactory Memory Imprinting in Lake Sturgeon

An important strategic plan for the management and restoration of lake sturgeon in the Great Lakes is to determine when and where to stock lake sturgeon, and what is the proper life stage of lake sturgeon for stocking. However, this issue cannot be properly addressed without knowledge of olfactory imprinting in this species. In this study, we will use cellular and molecular biology tools to study olfactory development and determine the critical period for olfactory memory imprinting in lake sturgeon.

Board Decision Year: 2006
Illinois Institute of Technology - Biological, Chemical and Physical Sciences (Chicago) Zhang, Chunbo (zhangc@iit.edu) Completed $241,794.00
0802 Evaluation of Lake Sturgeon Rehabilitation Strategies Using an Individual-Based Model of Demographics and Genetics

Rehabilitation of lake sturgeon in the Great Lakes basin needs to consider both the demographic and genetic response to management actions. Actions to rapidly rebuild abundance (e.g., intensive stocking) may have negative genetic consequences, but insufficient management may result in population extirpation. The goal of this project wasto develop a model that represents the genetics and demographics of lake sturgeon, and use that model to evaluate stocking strategies that could be used for lake sturgeon rehabilitation.

Board Decision Year: 2006
Michigan State University - Department of Fisheries and Wildlife (East Lansing) Hayes, Daniel (hayesdan@msu.edu) Completed $110,372.00
0801 Economic Summit on Lake Michigan Invasive Species

This workshop/summit was designed to stimulate and inform economic research on the growing problem of invasive species in Lake Michigan. The summit brought university ecologists and economists together with policymakers from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, USFWS, EPA, and Great Lakes agencies to foster dialogue and collaborations, and to stimulate research informed by real agency concerns and needs.

Board Decision Year: 2006
Michigan State University - Department of Fisheries and Wildlife (East Lansing) Lupi, Frank (lupi@msu.edu) Completed $18,580.10
0800 Economics of the Lake Michigan Recreational Fishery

The project measured the economic effects (expenditures and value) of recreational fishing on Lake Michigan and other Great Lakes. An economic model of the demand for recreational fishing on Lake Michigan was developed using the travel cost method. Primary angler data was collected in Michigan and a mix of primary and secondary data collected for other states. In addition to providing contemporary economic baseline data, the model permits managers to assess the economic effects of fishery decisions.

Board Decision Year: 2006
Michigan State University - Department of Fisheries and Wildlife (East Lansing) Lupi, Frank (lupi@msu.edu) Completed $259,349.00
0795 Establishment of Basinwide PIT Tag Capabilities to Rehabilitate Great Lakes Lake Sturgeon

Although PIT tags are a principal component of sturgeon assessment and management many agencies that target or encounter sturgeon lack the capability to detect or implant PIT tags, missing opportunities to share data. This grant money was used to purchase two types of readers and tagging supplies; these were distributed to 12 agencies with 17 offices. Data is being exchanged through the Sturgeon Tag Database and at Sturgeon Coordination Meetings.

Board Decision Year: 2006
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Ashland Fishery Resources Office (Ashland) Quinlan, Henry (henry_quinlan@fws.gov) Completed $24,696.00
0794 Development of DNA-Based Sexing Assays for Lake Sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens)

The mechanism of sex determination in lake sturgeon is unknown, but is almost certainly genetic. If so, then it should be possible to develop a DNA test to sex fin clips, blood, or other tissue samples collected from live individuals. Purdue University's Dept. of Forestry and Nat. Resources developed an inexpensive and accurate genetic test that can sex lake sturgeon from nearly any tissue sample. This research will greatly enhance efforts to describe lake sturgeon distribution, abundance, and genetic variability.

Board Decision Year: 2006
Purdue University - Dept. of Forestry and Nat. Resources (West Lafayette) DeWoody, Andrew (dewoody@purdue.edu) Completed $150,200.00
0781 Coastal Wetland Landowner Education Campaign Phase II

This project was a continuation of GLFT support of Tip of the Mitt's coastal wetland landowner education campaign. Grant funds were used to produce a brochure summarizing a MDEQ report that evaluates Great Lakes bottomland grooming activities and describes the ecological impacts on the affected areas. The brochure was distributed to the same 10,000 shoreline property owners whose homes are located on some of the most important and threatened coastal wetland systems.

Board Decision Year: 2006
Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council (Petoskey) McKay, Jennifer (2798@glftnoemail.org) Completed $20,000.00