# Project Organization Contact Status Amount
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
0518 A Web-Based Information Clearinghouse for Great Lakes Education

This project resulted in the creation of a website that now provides an easy means for educators to identify, select, and access Great Lakes education resources and to obtain assistance with specific questions by networking with other educators and providers. This website meets the Great Lakes education needs of formal, nonformal, and informal educators.

Board Decision Year: 2004
University of Michigan - School of Natural Resources and Environment (Ann Arbor) Zint, Michaela (zintmich@umich.edu) Completed $90,000.00
0516 Humbug Marsh Acquisition

This grant enabled the purchase of a 409-acre wetland and surrounding upland known as Humbug Marsh on the Detroit River. This parcel will ultimately be conveyed to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services as part of the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge. GLFT funds joined with several federal, state, private, and corporate donations for the purchase of the property.

Board Decision Year: 2004
The Trust for Public Land - Midwest Region (Minneapolis) Raymond, Alan (adr@tpl.org) Completed $500,000.00
0419 Great Lakes Discovery Center

Funds were used to support the development of a business plan for the Great lakes Discovery Center including preliminary design, marketing and business plan, and program elements.

Board Decision Year: 2003
Friends of the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge (Saginaw) Becker, Edward (2154@glftnoemail.org) Completed $250,000.00
0417 Great Lakes Basin Lake Sturgeon GIS Database Web Page

This project enhanced an interactive web-based GIS application and meta-database of Great Lakes lake sturgeon information. The updated database and GIS were used to enhance the existing maps and database developed for the 2000 and 2002 GLFT Lake Sturgeon Workshops. We have compiled the available lake sturgeon data sources to help focus restoration and research activities on priority lake sturgeon waters. Lake sturgeon researchers are the intended audience; however, it will also be useful to natural resource managers, biologists and those interested in sturgeon research throughout the Great Lakes Basin.

Board Decision Year: 2003
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Great Lakes Fishery Resources Office (Amherst) Zollweg, Emily (emily_zollweg@fws.gov) Completed $34,872.28
0415 Potential for Lake Sturgeon Habitat Rehabilitation in Green Bay Tributaries of Lake Michigan

All preliminary requirements to initiate research efforts have been completed. A graduate research assistant was selected and undergraduate technician hired. In March, Sutton and the GRA organized a meeting held in Menominee and gave a presentation entitled “Assessment of LS habitat availability in N. LM tributaries” which introduced the project objectives and methodology to members of the Fox River Natural Resource Damage Assessment, WI and MI DNRs, and USFWS. Following the meeting discussion, the sampling methodology and prioritization of river systems were finalized. Results from sampling will then be used to develop decision tools to determine appropriate LS rehabilitation strategies in each system.

Board Decision Year: 2003
Purdue University - Dept. of Forestry and Nat. Resources (West Lafayette) Sutton, Trent (tsutton@fnr.purdue.edu) Completed $33,375.00
0414 Coastal Wetland Landowner Education Campaign

This grant produced a high-quality brochure that was distributed to all shoreline property owners along Saginaw and Grand Traverse Bays.The brochure included information on West Nile virus, property values associated with vegetated beaches versus "groomed" beaches, fish and wildlife habitat values of coastal marshes, and economic values of intact coastal wetlands.

Board Decision Year: 2003
Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council (Petoskey) Gruenwald, Gail (gail@watershedcouncil.org) Completed $45,000.00
0412 Frankfort Lake Michigan Beach Restoration Project

The project included acquiring the original printing files, transferring them to a format compatible with the printing company, updating information, printing, postage to mail approximately 65,000 to the  membership of MUCC as a supplement to the monthly magazine Michigan-Out-of Doors, and freight to deliver the remaining 35,000 copies to MUCC for distribution at events.

Board Decision Year: 2003
City of Frankfort (Frankfort) Mills, Joshua (jmills@cofrankfort.net) Completed $81,000.00
0408 Betsie Valley Trail Railroad Causeway Bridge Amenities for Fishermen

This project included construction of a fishing platform and fishermen access to the banks of the Betsie River during renovation of the Railroad Causeway Bridge, which runs over the Betsie River near Elberta. This was part of a $1.7 million project to complete the Betsie Valley Trail from Frankfort to the Railroad Point Natural Area on Crystal Lake.

Board Decision Year: 2003
Benzie County - Betsie Valley Trailway Management Council (Beulah) DuPerron, Sean (duperron@msue.msu.edu) Completed $22,637.00
0403 Magnitude and Potential Causes of Mortality in Four Lake Whitefish Populations in Lakes Michigan and Huron: A Multidisciplinary Approach

The goal of this project was to estimate the number of mature whitefish that die annually from natural causes in two populations from both Lake Michigan and Lake Huron in each of three years. Health-related data were gathered on whitefish sampled from these populations, and these data were used to identify possible mechanisms for that mortality, using a comparative approach.

Board Decision Year: 2003
Michigan State University - Office of Contract & Grant Administration (East Lansing) Jones, Michael L. (jonesm30@msu.edu) Completed $396,755.88
0401 Lake Trout Spawning Habitat at the Southern Refuge, Lake Michigan

This project produced a lake trout spawning habitat map, via multibeam sonar and sidescan sonar, that has facilitated ROV (unmanned submersible)-based studies of lake trout reproduction at Lake Michigan’s Southern Refuge. Via ROV we have been able to confirm egg deposition at steep dropoffs, at depths of about 50 meters. The dropoff habitat is abundant at the Southern Refuge, and a map of part of this habitat has greatly facilitated finding the best available habitat for study and future rehabilitation efforts.

Board Decision Year: 2003
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee - Great Lakes WATER Institute (Milwaukee) Janssen, John (jjanssen@uwm.edu) Completed $24,211.00
0396 Thiaminase: New Tools in the Fight against EMS

This project addressed early mortality syndrome (EMS) in Great Lakes predatory fish from a biochemical perspective, and had two major objectives: 1) purify and characterize thiaminase, the presumed causative agent of EMS, derived from alewife; and 2) develop new tools for the rapid identification and quantification of thiaminase.

Board Decision Year: 2003
Lake Superior State University (Sault Ste. Marie) Werner, R. Marshall (1994@glftnoemail.org) Completed $24,845.44