The GLFT’s primary interests in this category lie in:
- Research that describes and clarifies mechanisms (such as abiotic conditions, predation, competition, or fish health) that affect the reproduction and recruitment of commercially or recreationally important Great Lakes fish species
- Research that explores how changes in the food web are affecting the growth, survival, or reproduction of valued fish populations
- Research that explores recent unexplained declines in the abundance, growth, and/or condition of valuable nonsalmonid fish populations (e.g., yellow perch or lake whitefish), with particular priority placed on research aligned with the priorities of interagency teams or task forces
- Exploration, development, and application of new technologies and models to better assess natural recruitment and its contribution to adult salmonid populations (i.e., steelhead, Chinook, and Coho)
- Related efforts to build management capacity, or collaborative capacity (e.g., conferences and workshops, data-sharing vehicles)
While meritorious proposals may be considered for any commercially or recreationally important species, annual RFPs may emphasize recruitment issues of one or more specific species.