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The Great Lakes Fishery Trust is pleased to announce Jon Beard as the new trust manager. Mark Coscarelli has retired after more than 20 years of success and dedication to the ecological health of the Great Lakes and sustainability of its fish populations. Mark will remain on staff in a limited role as the trust’s science advisor.

“Mark’s longtime leadership leaves an enduring legacy of protection and restoration for the Lake Michigan fish community,” said Dan Eichinger, GLFT board chair and director of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. “Jon is passionate about our state’s natural resources and I have full confidence that he will use that passion and his vast knowledge of environmental issues to carry forward the important ecological work of the Great Lakes Fishery Trust well into the future.”
The GLFT also welcomed a new grant manager, Elizabeth Riggs, to provide staffing support for the Great Lakes Stewardship program. Cody Proudfoot remains a grant manager for the Access to the Great Lakes Fishery program and the Habitat Protection and Restoration program. Julie Metty Bennett is now a senior advisor for the trust.

The GLFT is a private, nonprofit corporation operating independently of the public agencies, Indian tribes and private conservation organizations that make up its board of trustees. Administrative and management support services are contracted through Public Sector Consultants. Visit for more information.