# Project Organization Contact Status Amount
0079 Betsie Valley Trail Fishing Bridge

The grant money allowed for the construction of a bridge providing new shore-based, universally accessible fishing of migrating Lake Michigan trout and salmon at the mouth of the Betsie River as it enters Betsie Lake.

Board Decision Year: 2000
Benzie County - Betsie Valley Trailway Management Council (Beulah) Olsen, William (wro@coslink.net) Completed $75,070.00
0078 Suttons Bay Village Fishing Pier

This project installed a fishing pier on a historic coal dock property, now the Village Municipal Marina, for the use and enjoyment of all local and tourist shore-based anglers.

Board Decision Year: 2000
Village of Suttons Bay (Suttons Bay) Hamburg, Philip (suttonsbay@traverse.com) Completed $127,680.35
0077 Educating the Public on the Great Lakes Fishery Trust

A video of the Great Lakes Fishery Trust was produced that provides general information on the GLFT and also highlights some of its grants and granting categories.

Board Decision Year: 2000
Michigan United Conservation Clubs (Lansing) Gretzinger, Jimmy (tvradio@mucc.org) Completed $30,000.00
0076 Dynamics of Alewife Recruitment Variability in Lake Michigan

Fluctuating abundances of alewife affect early survival and management of salmon, lake trout, and yellow perch in Lake Michigan. This project used field studies and analyzed historical data to determine factors affecting alewife abundance, growth, and survival. Researchers used natural chemical tracers present in alewife ear bones to determine alewife environmental histories and identify those habitats producing the most survivors. Researchers also developed statistical models to predict alewife survival and abundance for fisheries managers.

Board Decision Year: 2000
University of Michigan - School of Natural Resources and Environment (Ann Arbor) Rutherford, Edward (edwardr@umich.edu) Completed $358,221.73
0075 Development of a Management Plan for Lake Sturgeon within the Great Lakes Basin Based on Population

This project completed Phases I and II of a three-phase project to develop a genetics-based management plan for lake sturgeon within the Great Lakes Basin. During the course of the project, researchers (1) standardized microsatellite and mtDNA genetic markers among all geneticists studying lake sturgeon, (2) sampled key populations that are not currently targeted by any management agencies, and (3) analyzed population genetic data from these sampled populations.

Board Decision Year: 2001
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Alpena Fishery Resources Office (Alpena ) Hill, Tracy (tracy_hill@fws.gov) Completed $295,400.00
0073 Riverside Park Access Project

This project provided improvements to the promenade and development of an on-site fisheries education program.

Board Decision Year: 2000
City of Detroit - Detroit Recreation Department (Detroit) Karl, Tim (tkarl@rcadtwr.ci.detroit.mi.us) Completed $545,000.00
0071 A Collaborative Approach to Understanding the Dynamics of the Muskegon River Watershed

Researchers from the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Grand Valley State University, and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, together with the Muskegon River Watershed Assembly and other local stakeholders, are collaborating to develop a modeling framework for risk assessment and ecosystem management in the Muskegon River Watershed. This project was part of the Great Lakes Fishery Trust's Muskegon River Initiative and the Muskegon River Watershed Research Partnership.

Board Decision Year: 2001
Regents of the University of Michigan - Office of Contract Administration (Ann Arbor) Allan, Chris (cjallan@umich.edu) Completed $2,089,334.72
0068 An Ecological Assessment of the Muskegon River Watershed to Solve and Prevent Environmental Problems

Researchers from Michigan State University, University of Michigan, and Wayne State University, together with the Muskegon River Watershed Assembly and volunteers from the Michigan Lake and Stream Association and other local stakeholders, collaborated to conduct an ecological survey of the Muskegon River watershed. The primary goal was to develop and apply new methods for assessing the ecological integrity of aquatic ecosystems to improve our understanding of relationships between human activities and valued ecological attributes; develop new technologies to improve ecological assessments; and to engage public and government stakeholders in the research and communicate
results to them. This project was part of the Great Lakes Fishery Trust's Muskegon River Initiative and the Muskegon River Watershed Research Partnership.

Board Decision Year: 2001
Michigan State University - Office of Contract & Grant Administration (East Lansing) Brubaker, Robert R. (862@glftnoemail.org) Completed $2,253,777.43
0067 Building Capacity in the Muskegon River Watershed Assembly

Funds for this project were used to build capacity of the Muskegon River Watershed Assembly. This project was part of the Great Lakes Fishery Trust's Muskegon River Initiative.

Board Decision Year: 2001
Muskegon River Watershed Assembly - @ Ferris State University (Big Rapids) Noble, Gary (nobleg@ferris.edu) Completed $162,975.00
0065 Evaluation of Cartilage-Bone Biopsy and Polymerase Chain Reaction Procedures for Nonlethal Detection of Whirling Disease

Whirling Disease (WD) is a serious disease of salmonids caused by the myxosporean parasite Myxobolus cerebralis (Mc). Introduction of WD into the Great Lakes, Wisconsin, and Minnesota would pose a risk to the multibillion-dollar-a-year Great Lakes freshwater salmonid fishery. This study validated a nonlethal test for Mc in salmonids, thereby preventing unnecessary sacrifice of suspect hatchery and feral fish, valuable broodstock, and threatened and endangered species.

Board Decision Year: 2000
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Alpena Fishery Resources Office (Alpena ) Lasee, Becky (becky_lasee@fws.gov) Completed $22,267.89
0064 Effects of Egg and Fry Predators on Lake Trout Recruitment in Lake Michigan

The influence of egg and fry predators on the lack of successful reproduction by lake trout in the Great Lakes is poorly understood. Predation, particularly by exotic species, may exceed the potential of spawning reefs to successfully incubate eggs and produce measurable recruitment. Researchers evaluated egg, fry, and predator abundance at spawning reefs in northeastern Lake Michigan, and used egg seeding, alewife exclosures, and laboratory experiments to assess the current effect of predation on recruitment.

Board Decision Year: 2000
Department of Fisheries and Oceans - Bayfield Institute (Burlington, ON, Canada) Fitzsimons, John (fitzsimonsj@dfo-mpo.gc.ca) Completed $345,421.88
0063 Interactive Role of Transport and Foraging Success in the Determination of Growth Variability for Larval Yellow Perch, Perca Flavescens, in Southern Lake Michigan

The project team investigated consequences of larval yellow perch being transported out of productive near-shore areas of Lake Michigan. The primary concern regarding this transport is availability of optimal food for larval yellow perch in offshore areas. The team examined whether offshore transport inhibits larval growth and whether this growth change increases probability of mortality. This investigation greatly contributed to our understanding of how to best manage the Lake Michigan yellow perch fishery.

Board Decision Year: 2000
North Carolina State University - Office of Contracts and Grants (Raleigh) Rice, James (jim_rice@ncsu.edu) Completed $104,340.00
0062 Harbor Drive Angler Fishing Access Project

The city constructed a steel frame walkway, which connects to the top of the steel sheet wall. The walkway surface was made of treated wood and includes a steel railing on the east side adjacent to the water. Large rip rap stone was placed on top of the existing rip rap on the west side to adjust the grade to the walkway elevation. The walkway serves as a fishing site with direct access to the water and also provides pedestrian access to the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers Pier for fishing. The entire project construction was developed to provide for handicapped accessibility.

Board Decision Year: 2000
City of Menominee (Menominee) Furton, Anthony (furtona@menominee.k12.mi.us) Completed $159,854.32
0061 Arcadia Kid's Fishing Dock

A barrier-free children’s fishing dock was installed on the shore of Arcadia Lake near Arcadia in 1997. Through this grant, Arcadia extended that dock by 40 feet into the lake to enhance deep water fishing opportunities.

Board Decision Year: 2000
Arcadia Township (Arcadia) McCraner, Janice (cjsie48@yahoo.com) Completed $14,950.00
0060 Montague Fishing Bridge

The railroad trestle crossing the White River between the cities of Montague and Whitehall in Muskegon County is now part of the Rails-to-Trails extension under construction. This project created a 244-foot-by-8-foot Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-accessible fishing bridge attached to the downstream side of the trestle.

Board Decision Year: 2000
White Lake Area Sportfishing Association - c/o Hamilton Reef Fishery Services (Montague) Hamilton, Tom (hamiltreef@aol.com) Completed $100,000.00
0059 Great Lakes Fisheries Education Assessment and Summary of Needs

This project assessed fisheries education needs in order to assist the GLFT in targeting education-related funds where they will be most effective.

Board Decision Year: 2000
University of Michigan - School of Natural Resources and Environment (Ann Arbor) Zint, Michaela (zintmich@umich.edu) Completed $78,505.60
0058 Big Rapids Dam Removal and Riverwalk Construction Project

The city's Muskegon River dam was removed, eliminating an obstruction and reconnecting portions of the Muskegon River. The high gradient portion of the Muskegon River was recovered which based on previous work on the Muskegon River, will directly and positively affect the ecology of the river. Following the removal, the city used its remaining GLFT grant funds to construct a riverwalk around the site, providing angler access, bank stabilization, and interpretative educational signage.

Board Decision Year: 2000
University of Michigan - Division of Research Development & Admin (Ann Arbor) Plautz, Cindy (cplautz@ci.big-rapids.mi.us) Completed $350,000.00
0057 Hydroacoustic Equipment Purchase

Funds for this project were used to purchase hydroacoustic sampling gear that will be used by multiple agencies to enhance their ability to conduct prey fish surveys in Lake Michigan and provide critical abundance information to Great Lakes fisheries managers.

Board Decision Year: 1999
U.S. Geological Survey - Great Lakes Science Center (Ann Arbor) Craig, Jaquie (jcraig@usgs.gov) Completed $100,000.00
0055 Molecular Genetic Assessment of Stocking Success and Sources of Natural Lake Trout Recruitment in the Great Lakes

This research provided a means of evaluating the success of rehabilitation programs by elucidating the proportional contribution of various hatchery stocks to adult recruitment onto spawing reefs and to natural reproduction. Researchers identified the reproductive success of reintroduced lake trout from different hatchery strains. Identification of the relative contribution of each of several introduced hatchery strains allowed researchers to match putative donor strains to specific reef habitats based on differences in strain fitness, thus eliminating redundant and wasteful production.

Board Decision Year: 1999
Michigan State University - Office of Contract & Grant Administration (East Lansing) Scribner, Kim (scribne3@msu.edu) Completed $215,975.00
0054 4th International Sturgeon Symposium

The 4th International Symposium on Sturgeon was one of a series of symposia designed to facilitate worldwide information exchange, research stimulation, and professional networking in relation to sturgeon. Previous symposia in this specific series were held in Piacenza, Italy, in 1997; Moscow, Russia, in 1993; and Bordeaux, France, in 1989.

Board Decision Year: 1999
Michigan State University - Office of Contract & Grant Administration (East Lansing) Binkowski, Fred (sturgeon@uwm.edu) Completed $25,000.00
0053 Lake Sturgeon Genetics Standardization Workshop

Funding for this project was used to coordinate and host a 1-2 day workshop on standardizing genetic identification of various lake sturgeon populations in December 1999 in Chicago.

Board Decision Year: 1999
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Great Lakes Fishery Resources Office (Amherst) Lowie, Chris (chris_lowie@fws.gov) Completed $6,800.00
0052 Characterization of the Humoral and Cellular Immune Response of Salmonids to Renibacterium Salmoninarum (BKD Phase II)

This project completed laboratory testing and began field evaluation of nonlethal and environmental sampling methods for detecting the agent of bacterial kidney disease (BKD) in Great Lakes salmonid fishes and water, respectively. Nonlethal detection methods that enable monitoring of performance and survival of fish after testing, and methods for monitoring the pathogen in the environment, enhanced evaluation of the impacts of this important pathogen on Great Lakes salmonids.

Board Decision Year: 1999
Western Fisheries Research Center, U.S. Geological Survey - Fish Health Section (Seattle) Elliott, Diane (diane_elliott@usgs.gov) Completed $332,105.46
0051 Studies on the Detection, Transmission, and Development of Renibacterium Salmoninarum Infection in Great Lakes Salmonid Fishes (BKD Phase I)

Laboratory research compared diagnostic methods for bacterial kidney disease and investigated the effects of hatchery practices on the transmission of the pathogen and the development of the disease.

Board Decision Year: 1999
Western Fisheries Research Center, U.S. Geological Survey - Fish Health Section (Seattle) Elliott, Diane (diane_elliott@usgs.gov) Completed $267,050.00
0050 Effect of Diporeia Declines on Fish Diet, Growth, and Food Web Dynamics in Southeast Lake Michigan

This project related the potential differences in fish diet and food web dynamics between St. Joseph and Little Sable Pointe to recent declines in Diporeia (an invertebrate food source).

Board Decision Year: 1999
University of Michigan - Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystem Research (Ann Arbor) Brandt, Stephen (stephen.b.brandt@noaa.gov) Completed $276,868.00
0049 Mechanisms Affecting Recruitment of Yellow Perch in Lake Michigan

The primary goal of this study was to research the factors controlling the recruitment of yellow perch in Lake Michigan.

Board Decision Year: 1999
University of Illinois - Grants and Contracts Office (Champaign) Dettmers, John (jdettmers@glfc.org) Completed $334,356.80