# Project Organization Contact Status Amount
0684 Preliminary Feasibility of Ecologic Separation of the Mississippi River and the Great Lakes via the Chicago Waterway System to Prevent the Transfer of Aquatic Nuisance Species

This project explored aquatic ecological separation of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins at Chicago with the long-term goal of preventing the inter-basin transfer of aquatic species. The project developed effective and feasible scenarios and implementation strategies for separation of the two basins. These scenarios included consideration of engineering, economic, and ecological factors.

Board Decision Year: 2005
Alliance for the Great Lakes (Chicago) Brammeier, Joel (jbrammeier@greatlakes.org) Completed $67,000.00
0671 Lake Sturgeon Rehabilitation Using Streamside Rearing Facilities

Biologists and researchers from the Lake Michigan basin continue to work together to rehabilitate lake sturgeon in Lake Michigan. Streamside rearing facilities (SRF) have been identified as the preferred tool to use for stocking sturgeon in both extirpated and remnant sturgeon populations in Lake Michigan streams. This project will provided a critical evaluation of SRF while promoting lake sturgeon rehabilitation in four Lake Michigan streams. Additional collaboration/contacts for this project included the Wisconsin and Michigan Departments of Natural Resources and the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians.

Board Decision Year: 2005
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Green Bay Fishery Resources Office (New Franken) Elliott, Rob (robert_elliott@fws.gov) Completed $583,212.00
0665 Modeling Renibacterium Salmoninarum Dynamics among Chinook Salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) and Lake Whitefish (Coregonus clupeaformis) Populations in the Great Lakes

The goal of this project was to develop models of the multiple host-pathogen system of Renibacterium salmoninarum, Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha), and lake whitefish (Coregonus clupeaformis), using modeling methods developed for terrestrial diseases. Researchers used analysis of a hierarchy of models that included alternative vectors for pathogen transmission to identify important parameters to estimate in future field studies and to explore interactions between fishery management and disease dynamics.

Board Decision Year: 2005
Michigan State University - Michigan Sea Grant Extension (East Lansing) Tsao, Jean (tsao@msu.edu) Completed $42,898.30
0662 Historic and Spatial Variation of Lake Whitefish Maturation Schedules

Harvesting of fish stocks removes individuals based upon traits including size, behavior, and location. Selective harvesting could therefore alter genetic composition and negatively affect growth, maturation schedules, and whole stock productive capacity. Lake Michigan lake whitefish are selectively harvested based on size. Researchers evaluated whether whitefish maturation schedules have changed over time, estimated genetically based effects of selective harvesting, and provide recommendations for minimizing these effects.

Board Decision Year: 2005
University of Michigan - Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystem Research (Ann Arbor) Hook, Tomas (thook@umich.edu) Completed $107,290.13
0660 Thiaminase in the Lower Food Web: Spatial and Temporal Trends, and Potential Impacts on the Thiamine Dynamics and Growth and Survival of Juvenile Fish

Early life stage mortality in salmonines of the Great Lakes continues to be problematic. Thiamine deficiency, related to the thiaminase content of planktivorous alewives, has been causally linked to early life stage mortality. The factors responsible for spatial and temporal differences in thiaminase in the food web that influence thiaminase in alewives are unidentified. This project was designed to assess the dynamics of planktonic thiaminase and determine the risk of current levels to juvenile lake trout.

Board Decision Year: 2005
Department of Fisheries and Oceans - Bayfield Institute (Burlington, ON, Canada) Fitzsimons, John (fitzsimonsj@dfo-mpo.gc.ca) Completed $360,000.00
0650 Great Lakes Aquatic Nonindigenous Species Information System (GLANSIS)

NOAA (National Center for Research on Aquatic Invasive Species) and USGS (Center for Aquatic Resource Studies), working with university colleagues, accelerated construction of the Great Lakes Aquatic Nonindigenous Species Information System (GLANSIS). Capitalizing on advanced distributed database technology, GLANSIS provided images, GIS-derived distribution maps, current biological information, and other resources online. GLANSIS is the centerpiece of the first one-stop resource for information on all documented nonindigenous species in the Great Lakes.

Board Decision Year: 2005
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (Ann Arbor ) Reid, David (david.reid@noaa.gov) Completed $33,936.96
0648 Mortality and Recruitment Mechanisms Affecting Early Life Stages of Lake Sturgeon Population in Lake Michigan

Protection and rehabilitation of lake sturgeon in the Great Lakes requires an understanding of the relationship among mortality and recruitment factors. As a result, there was a need to identify and quantify the sources of mortality that act on early life stages and determine how they influence lake sturgeon populations. This research aids recovery efforts for lake sturgeon populations in Lake Michigan by examining these parameters within the context of ongoing and future rehabilitation activities.

Board Decision Year: 2005
Purdue University - Dept. of Forestry and Nat. Resources (West Lafayette) Sutton, Trent (tsutton@fnr.purdue.edu) Completed $85,679.55
0635 Creating Stewards of the Great Lakes: A Comprehensive Study about Integrating Place-Based Education, Professional Development for Teachers, and Community Partnerships

The Great Lakes Water Studies Institute (GLWSI) at Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) undertook a short-term, comprehensive study about integrating place-based education, professional development for teachers, and community partnerships as a strategy to increase stewardship of the Great Lakes. Such an integration, properly designed and implemented, has the power to engage people of all ages in meaningful work that is conducted in real-world settings and focuses on issues that are relevant to daily life.

Board Decision Year: 2005
Northwestern Michigan College (Traverse City) Cotto, Marguerite (mcotto@nmc.edu) Completed $54,500.00
0626 Escanaba River Shore Fishing Access Project

Grant funds were used to construct an 8-foot-by-617-foot boardwalk at the North Shore Boat Launch in Wells Township; it is ADA-compliant and accessible from a previously existing paved parking area. A FabWright fish cleaning station, 960 linear feet of toe kick plates, and four dusk-to-dawn light fixtures on steel poles were also installed.

Board Decision Year: 2004
City of Escanaba - City Hall (Escanaba) Farrell, Bill (bfarrell@escanaba.org) Completed $293,063.00
0624 Heinz Waterfront Walkway

The Huron County Road Commission, in cooperation with the GLFT, completed the Bird Creek Park recreational shore fishing project. The site is located in the Village of Port Austin along the Bird Creek River in Bird Creek County Park. Improvements included the construction of four fishing platforms connected by a barrier-free sidewalk linked to the existing boardwalk and parking area. To complement the fishing platforms, 200 feet of fish lunkers were built in front of each platform. The fish lunkers were constructed of white oak timbers built into the side of the river bank. These lunkers will provide a refuge for all species of fish in the river. Rip rap and native plants were also added to stabilize the river bank.

Board Decision Year: 2004
City of Holland - Department of Leisure & Cultural Services (Holland) Gogolin, Gray (g.gogolin@cityofholland.com) Completed $350,000.00
0623 Bird Creek Park Recreational Shore Fishing

The Huron County Road Commission, in cooperation with the GLFT, completed the Bird Creek Park recreational shore fishing project. The site is located in the Village of Port Austin along the Bird Creek River in Bird Creek County Park. Improvements included the construction of four fishing platforms connected by a barrier-free sidewalk linked to the existing boardwalk and parking area. To complement the fishing platforms, 200 feet of fish lunkers were built in front of each platform. The fish lunkers were constructed of white oak timbers built into the side of the river bank. These lunkers will provide a refuge for all species of fish in the river. Rip rap and native plants were also added to stabilize the river bank.

Board Decision Year: 2004
Huron County - Parks Department (Bad Axe) Romzek, Steve (lorie@spicergroup.com) Completed $153,436.00
0613 Assessment of Simulated Lake Sturgeon Supplementations in Michigan Drainages of the Great Lakes

Successful restoration of lake sturgeon throughout the Great Lakes requires knowledge of fundamental but little-known aspects of the species' early life history and of the impacts of proposed restoration activities on remnant populations. Restoration of remnant or extirpated populations will likely necessitate supplementation. Researchers conducted replicated experiments addressing the efficacy of alternative supplementation strategies for use in the Great Lakes basin.

Board Decision Year: 2004
Michigan State University - Office of Contract & Grant Administration (East Lansing) Scribner, Kim (scribne3@msu.edu) Completed $275,464.00
0610 Status Assessment of Remnant Lake Sturgeon Populations in the Lake Michigan Basin

Biologists and researchers from throughout the region are continuing collaborative efforts to determine the current status of remnant lake sturgeon populations in Lake Michigan. Historically, sturgeon were abundant in Lake Michigan and reproduced in many rivers. Populations declined rapidly in the late 1800s due to habitat loss, degraded water quality, and overfishing. Knowledge of current sturgeon distribution, abundance, and reproduction is critical to furthering conservation and rehabilitation efforts for the species

Board Decision Year: 2004
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Green Bay Fishery Resources Office (New Franken) Elliott, Rob (robert_elliott@fws.gov) Completed $292,143.00
0609 Comparative Performance in Early-Life History of Streamside Reared and Wild Reared Lake Sturgeon Acipencer fulvescens in the Manistee River

Managers are seeking techniques to increase reproductive success of sturgeon stocks while maintaining natural population performance attributes. Knowledge gaps exist in evaluating methods for rehabilitating remnant stocks, especially considering performance differences between wild and reared fish of similar genetic makeup. This study evaluated a streamside rearing program in rehabilitating remnant sturgeon stocks by comparing growth, habitat use, movement, and parental contribution of reared sturgeon to wild.

Board Decision Year: 2004
Little River Band of Ottawa Indians - Natural Resources Department (Manistee) Holtgren, Marty (mholtgren@lrboi.com) Completed $144,201.07
0607 Development of DNA-Based Sexing Assays for Lake Sturgeon

This project developed DNA markers that can identify the sex of lake sturgeon from nearly any tissue sample at any life history stage. This research greatly enhanced ongoing efforts to describe lake sturgeon distribution, abundance, and genetic variability.

Board Decision Year: 2004
Purdue University - Dept. of Forestry and Nat. Resources (West Lafayette) DeWoody, Andrew (dewoody@purdue.edu) Completed $100,702.84
0605 Lake Sturgeon Tagging Database

This project enabled resource agencies and the general public to access contact information for tagged lake sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) still at large throughout the Great Lakes. Researchers developed a lake sturgeon tagging database that includes tag type, tag number, and contact information (phone and email) for tagged lake sturgeon. This database is posted on the Great Lakes Fisheries Commission website to provide interested persons contact information about a tagged lake sturgeon.

Board Decision Year: 2004
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Alpena Fishery Resources Office (Alpena ) Kowalski, Adam (adam_kowalski@fws.gov) Completed $11,000.00
0603 Passive Integrated (PIT) Tag Marking and Detection System Distribution for Lake Michigan Management Agencies

Recent assessment strategies for lake sturgeon within the Lake Michigan basin are utilizing Passive Integrated (PIT) Tags to mark individual fish. Unfortunately, only a few agencies were able to 'read' these tags when they were encountered. Funding obtained through this grant was used to acquire 12 Avid-Power Tracker V systems to distribute to seven agencies performing open-water assessments on Lake Michigan. Data collected from this cooperative effort were directed to the Lake Michigan Sturgeon Task Group.

Board Decision Year: 2004
Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians (Suttons Bay) Olsen, Erik (erik.olsen@gtbindians.com) Completed $17,049.48
0581 Ecological and Genetic Approaches to Develop Sustainable and Disease Free Fishes in the Great Lakes

PIs identified markers indicative of genetic predisposition to disease to identify salmonids and whitefish with heightened disease resistance. A mesocosm was used to evaluate performance and disease susceptibility, and role of native and introduced forage fish in pathogen dissemination.

Board Decision Year: 2004
Michigan State University - Office of Contract & Grant Administration (East Lansing) Scribner, Kim (scribne3@msu.edu) Completed $358,360.08
0575 Evaluation of Lake Trout Spawning Habitat for Lake Michigan Deep Reefs

This project located sites for lake trout restoration at Lake Michigan’s Southern Refuge. In years one and two researchers used a remotely-operated vehicle and beam trawling to identify spawning sites and began qualitative evaluation (presence/absence) of egg deposition density and fry production. In year two and continuing into year three researchers evaluated sites using quantitative techniques adapted from well-established scuba methodology. Results were used to suggest further management options.

Board Decision Year: 2004
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee - Great Lakes WATER Institute (Milwaukee) Janssen, John (jjanssen@uwm.edu) Completed $355,485.00
0573 Validation of Non-Culture Methods to Detect and Quantify Renibacterium Salmoninarum in Diagnostic Samples from Great Lakes Salmonids

This project completed laboratory studies for validation and standardization of methods for detecting and quantifying the causative agent of bacterial kidney disease (BKD) in Great Lakes salmonid fishes. Although BKD is believed to be a significant factor in declines of Lake Michigan Chinook salmon, accurate assessment of impacts of BKD on Great Lakes salmonids, and effectiveness of control measures, cannot be made without standardized detection methods that are sensitive, specific, and reliable.

Board Decision Year: 2004
Western Fisheries Research Center, U.S. Geological Survey - Fish Health Section (Seattle) Elliott, Diane (diane_elliott@usgs.gov) Completed $338,146.00
0570 Does Adult Body Condition Affect Recruitment Potential in Lake Whitefish (Coregonus clupeaformis)?

Lake whitefish have historically been an important commercial species harvested from Lake Michigan. Recent declines in lake whitefish growth and condition have been attributed to reductions in their primary prey, the amphipod Diporeia. The loss of this high-quality food source may result in lower growth and survival of juveniles during the first year of life. By examining these relationships, the goal of this research was to improve our ability to predict year-class strength of lake whitefish populations.

Board Decision Year: 2004
Purdue University - Dept. of Forestry and Nat. Resources (West Lafayette) Sutton, Trent (tsutton@fnr.purdue.edu) Completed $413,374.34
0563 Nearshore Habitat Mapping of Grand Traverse Bay

The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians contracted with Abrams Aerial Photography to photograph the nearshore area of Grand Traverse Bay. As a result of this work 147 photos were produced. With this grant, the tribe purchased a GIS workstation and contracted with a local company for GIS training and to convert the photos into digital format for GIS mapping. These results are being used to delineate the nearshore habitat types and the data are available to local agencies for land use planning.

Board Decision Year: 2004
Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians (Suttons Bay) Fessell, Brett (brett.fessell@gtbindians.com) Completed $24,279.85
0545 Fisheries Learning on the Web

Fisheries Learning On the Web (Project FLOW) enhanced Great Lakes science education by transforming existing, award-winning curriculum into a series of Web-based lessons for Michigan science teachers and their students. This online science education project uses the Great Lakes as a teaching resource, engaging students in activities about fisheries and stewardship. Lessons were developed in accordance with state standards and included colorful graphics. Project FLOW facilitates learning in an accessible, cost-effective way.

Board Decision Year: 2004
University of Michigan - School of Natural Resources (Ann Arbor) LaPorte, Elizabeth (elzblap@umich.edu) Completed $50,000.00
0522 Tracks-Catching Up on the Great Lakes Fisheries

Michigan United Conservation Clubs dedicated nine editions of Tracks TM to Great Lakes fisheries issues as identified by the Great Lakes Fisheries Trust. Tracks is a magazine targeted for upper elementary youth which has been published by MUCC for 26 years. Five thousand free subscriptions of Tracks were made available to organizations and individuals who purchased a second year.

Board Decision Year: 2004
Michigan United Conservation Clubs (Lansing) Stine, Donna (dstine@mucc.org) Completed $48,022.29
0519 Ensure Continuity in Great Lakes Fisheries Management and Research Library

Budget cuts in 2004 forced state agencies to stop all periodical subscriptions. This grant enabled the DNR Institute For Research (IFR) to acquire library reference materials for 2004 to support Great Lakes fisheries research and management, and to provide materials for public education concerning Great Lakes fisheries.

Board Decision Year: 2004
Michigan Department of Natural Resources - Institute for Fisheries Research (Ann Arbor) Wang, Ph.D., Lizhu (wangl@michigan.gov) Completed $6,772.97