# Project Organization Contact Status Amount
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

With support from the GLFT, the City of Frankfort constructed an ADA compliant shore-based fishing pier in April of 2004. The structure is located West of the Frankfort Municipal Marina on Betsie Lake and was part of a larger beachfront restoration project. The structure is connected to the Betsie Valley Trail, other city amenities, and Lake Michigan via a paved bike path. The pier officially opened in May of 2004 upon completion of the public access bike path and is maintained by the City of Frankfort Recreation Department.

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
0383 Distribute the Let’s Fish Lake Michigan Shore-Based Angling Guide

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
Michigan United Conservation Clubs (Lansing) Muchmore, Dennis (dmuchmore@mucc.org) Completed $57,245.74
0380 White Lake Pier, Fruitland Township, Lake Michigan Dune Erosion Project

This grant funded activities to stabilize dune erosion along the White Lake Channel Pier’s south side in Fruitland Township. At the start of the project, after windy days, the sand was often 2 feet deep on the pier. With the installation of the snow fence and dune grass planting, the dune stabilized and sand did not cover the pier. During the summer of 2006, no sand was shoveled or swept from the pier by Fruitland Township.

Board Decision Year: 2003
Fruitland Township - Parks and Recreation Commission (Whitehall) Boughton, Greg (zekeboughton@aol.com) Completed $11,401.00
0376 Advancing Great Lakes Fisheries Education through Project F.I.S.H., Salmon in the Classroom, and Michigan Hatchery-Based Volunteer Training and Support

Salmon in the Classroom is a hands-on K-12 curriculum for teachers, classrooms and sponsoring organizations willing to put in intensive work on raising fish, studying water quality, watersheds and conservation, and on the importance of fisheries conservation and management in Michigan waters of the Great Lakes.

Board Decision Year: 2003
Michigan State University - Office of Contract & Grant Administration (East Lansing) Dann, Shari L. (sldann@anr.msu.edu) Completed $31,090.00
0372 Harrison Township/Lake St. Clair Great Lakes Fishing Site-Phase I Site Design/Engineering

The grant money from the GLFT was used to conduct an eneginerring study and environmental assessment on a parcel of Lake St. Clair property where the MDNR sought to enhance shoreline fishing opprotunities and restore native vegetation. 

Board Decision Year: 2003
Michigan Department of Natural Resources - Parks and Recreation Bureau (Lansing) Bennett, Kristen (bennetkr@michigan.gov) Completed $43,982.55
0371 The Muskegon-the Majesty and Tragedy of Michigan's Rarest River (a book about the Muskegon River)

This grant produced a book on the Muskegon River watershed including its history and current direction of restoration efforts.

Board Decision Year: 2002
Muskegon River Watershed Assembly - @ Ferris State University (Big Rapids) Noble, Gary (nobleg@ferris.edu) Completed $68,000.00
0293 Research, Assessment and Data Management Needs to Promote Protection of Great Lakes Nearshore Fisheries Habitat

Human activities in coastal areas influence nearshore ecosystems, although spatial scales of response by nearshore communities are largely unknown. Such community responses are key for effective ecosystem management of Great Lakes nearshore areas. The goal of this study was to identify differences in fish and prey populations in response to local and larger-scale environmental properties of shoreline areas along the eastern Lake Michigan coastline.

Board Decision Year: 2002
Michigan State University Extension - Michigan Natural Features Inventory (Lansing) Goforth, Reuben (rgoforth@purdue.edu) Completed $30,000.00
0292 Effects of Exotic Species and Human Impacts on Essential Fatty Acid Availability on the Lake Michigan Food Web

The goal of this project was to determine whether the availability of essential fatty acids to yellow perch has been affected by the changing food web and contributed to poor recruitment of this important sport fish. Changes in the food web (e.g., exotic species), as well as increased UV light penetration, may have altered amounts of essential nutrients available in the ecosystem.

Board Decision Year: 2002
University of Illinois - Illinois Natural History Survey (Zion) Dettmers, John (jdettmers@glfc.org) Completed $306,000.00
0289 Identification of Renibacterium Salmoninarum Strains of Potential Threat to Great Lakes Salmon Populations

Bacterial kidney disease (BKD), caused by Renibacterium salmoninarum, is a devastating disease of Great Lakes salmonids. Researchers for this project enhanced diagnosis of BKD by developing sensitive molecular probes that will differentiate between virulent and avirulent strain(s). This new diagnostic procedure will be useful in epizootiological surveys and disease control. Ultimately, this will facilitate better management of salmon fisheries in the Great Lakes and lower the prevalence of clinical BKD outbreaks.

Board Decision Year: 2002
Michigan State University - Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation (East Lansing) Loch, Thomas (healthyfish@cvm.msu.edu) Completed $256,285.47
0281 Elucidation of Etiology and Pathogenesis of Early Mortality Syndrome by cDNA Microarray-Based Identification of Expressed Genes

Early mortality syndrome (EMS) causes massive mortality to many salmonid species in Lakes Michigan and Ontario. In this project researchers studied the etiology of EMS using an extensive fish health investigation and novel cDNA microarray (“gene chip”) technology, which has revolutionized human disease research and diagnosis. The same cDNA microarray would be a novel resource to study fish health, toxicology, and nutrition.

Board Decision Year: 2002
Michigan State University - Office of Contract & Grant Administration (East Lansing) Li, Weiming (liweim@msu.edu) Completed $344,673.19
0270 Evaluation of Recruitment Success, Habitat Preference, and River Retention of Young Lake Sturgeon in the Big Manistee River

The Manistee River, with good potential habitat and a sturgeon population of remnant historic numbers, is highly suitable for sturgeon rehabilitation. Evidence suggests poor recruitment and an insufficient spawner population are the culprits. This study focused on lake sturgeon recruitment in the Manistee River by monitoring egg deposition, larval drift, juvenile dispersal, and habitat utilization, and determined critical habitat for these life stages.

Board Decision Year: 2002
Little River Band of Ottawa Indians - Natural Resources Department (Manistee) Holtgren, Marty (mholtgren@lrboi.com) Completed $80,763.00
0256 Historical Distribution and Abundance of Lake Sturgeon in the Lake Michigan Basin

Rehabilitation of lake sturgeon in the Lake Michigan basin requires an understanding of the historical distribution and relative abundance of sturgeon within the basin. Similarly, understanding how barriers limit movement by sturgeon from current populations to previously available habitat requires an understanding of historical distribution of sturgeon within tributary systems. This project built on previous compilations of anecdotal data through completion of an intensive library search of historic documents.

Board Decision Year: 2002
Saint Mary's University - Biology Department (Winona) Cochran, Phil (pcochran@smumn.edu) Completed $97,315.00
0245 The Great Lakes Ecosystem and Fisheries Education Networking Conference

The Great Lakes Fishery Trust sponsored the Great Lakes Fisheries and Ecosystem Education Networking Conference on May 5-6, 2003, in East Lansing, Michigan. The overall purpose of the networking conference was to assist the GLFT Board in developing and focusing its efforts in support of Great Lakes fisheries and ecosystem education throughout the region.

Board Decision Year: 2002
Michigan State University - Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies (E. Lansing) Dann, Shari L. (sldann@anr.msu.edu) Completed $30,000.00
0237 Black River Access Improvement Project

The Black River Access improvement project provided angler access amenities and general improvements along a 765-foot stretch of the Black River, just upstream of Lake Michigan. The site serves the City of South Haven and its surrounding regions.

Board Decision Year: 2002
City of South Haven (South Haven) Anderson, Kevin (kanderson@south-haven.com) Completed $225,000.00