Lake Huron fisheries workshop Wednesday

OSCODA TWP. — Wednesday there will be a Lake Huron fisheries workshop in Oscoda that will be open to the public to provide information regarding the Great Lakes and address concerns residents may have.

The workshop begins at 6 p.m. and concludes at 9 p.m. at the American Legion Hall in Oscoda. Michigan Sea Grant and Michigan State University Extension will be partnering with several organizations to provide insight on recent data and trends to anglers, charter captain professionals and interested community members, Sea Grant administrator Brandon Schroeder said.

“I think of these as a manual pulse check,” he said. “This is an opportunity to see what occurred last year but it’s also a chance to look forward to the issues and opportunities we will be facing.”

Topics will include fish populations, angler catch data, forage or prey fish surveys, updates on fisheries management activities, citizen science opportunity for anglers along with any other related topics of local interest.

Schroeder said the event will touch on the good things happening within the fisheries community such as the success of Atlantic salmon and the increase in native species such as walleye in Saginaw Bay.

But the event also will touch on some of the contentious issues facing the lake such as cormorant management and proposed commercial fishing statute being considered in the state legislature, Schroeder said.

Answering the public’s questions tied into the larger idea behind the workshop. By having researchers and fisheries experts on hand, interested community members could have their questions answered or find out the means to have their questions answered, Schroeder added.

With several agencies such as the Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services and the U.S. Geological Survey having different jurisdictions over the lake, Schroeder said it can sometimes be confusing.

In addition, it may not be these agencies but state or federal legislators people may need to contact for certain issues, as in the case of the state commercial fishing law being discussed.

The event also will discuss citizen science opportunities, Schroeder said.

One such example is the predator diet study the USGS is conducting in which anglers are asked to send in stomach contents of any fish harvested to gain a better understanding of the fish food web, Schroeder said.

For more information contact Schroeder at 354-9885.

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