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Our Mission

The Great Lakes Fishery Commission was established by the Convention on Great Lakes Fisheries between Canada and the United States in 1955. The Commission has two major responsibilities:

  • To develop coordinated programs of research on the Great Lakes, and, on the basis of the findings, to recommend measures which will permit the maximum sustained productivity of stocks of fish of common concern; and
  • To formulate and implement a program to eradicate or minimize sea lamprey populations in the Great Lakes.



Commissioners

The Great Lakes Fishery Commission is made up of eight Commissioners (four appointed from each the United States and Canada) and one U.S. Alternate Commissioner. Commissioners of the United States are appointed by the President for six-year terms. Commissioners of Canada are appointed by the Privy Council and serve at the Council's pleasure.

Canada United States
Robert Hecky Don Pereira
James McKane Doug Stang
Vacant William Taylor
Vacant David Ullrich
  Vacant



Secretariat

The Commission executes its management responsibilities with a Secretariat staff located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Secretariat serves as the primary interface between the Commission and those with whom the Commission interacts, directs program and business management efforts, and provides decision support on a wide range of issues.

The following is a list of secretariat staff:

Dale BurkettSea Lamprey Program Director
Dr. John DettmersSenior Fisheries Biologist
Steve DomerackiBusiness Manager
Nick EbingerProgram Assistant
Randy EshenroderScience Advisor
Dr. Marc GadenCommunications Director & Legislative Liaison
Leah GerweckProgram Assistant
Dr. Chris GoddardPolicy Advisor
Christina HaskaFishery Management Program Associate
Emily HenricksProgram Management Associate
Julie HindererSea Lamprey Research Program Associate
Gary IsbellSenior Fisheries Manager
Jessica IvesFishery Research Program Associate
Robert (Bob) LambeExecutive Secretary
Ted LawrenceCommunications & Policy Associate
Sean Martineau Financial Accounting Manager
Jeff McAulayWeb Application Developer
Dr. Andrew MuirScience Director
Dr. Michael SiefkesSea Lamprey Control Program Manager
Ted TreskaSea Lamprey Information Manager
Jill WingfieldSenior Communications Associate



U.S. Advisors

The Great Lakes Fisheries Act of 1956 authorized the appointment of advisors to the U.S. Section of the Commission "to examine and be heard on all proposed recommendations, programs, and activities relating to [the lake they represent]." The U.S. Section appoints advisors from each lake from a list provided by the Great Lakes state governors. Due consideration is given to interests of state agencies, the commercial fish industry, sport fishermen, and the public-at-large. 



Canadian Advisors

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has authorized the appointment of advisors to the Canadian Section of the Commission to examine and be heard on all proposed recommendations, programs, and activities relating to the fishery. 



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Former Member of the Commission

 

CANADA

 

 

 

Commissioner

Years

Affiliation

W. J. K. Harkness

1956-1960

Ontario Department of Lands and Forests

A. O. Blackhurst

1956-1969

Ontario Council of Commercial Fisheries

L.A. Pritchard

1956-1971

Conservation and Development Service, Dept. of Fisheries

J.R. Dymond

1960-1965

University of Toronto

C.H.D. Clarke

1966-1972

Province of Ontario

E.W. Burridge

1967-1977

Department of Fisheries and the Environment, Canada

F. E. J. Fry

1969-1980

University of Toronto

C. J. Kerswill

1971-1978

Department of Environment, Canada

Kenneth Loftus

1972-1984

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

Murray G. Johnson

1978-1982

Department of Fisheries and Environment, Canada

H. Douglas Johnston

1979-1982

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Henry A. Regier

1980-1989

University of Toronto

Gary C. Vernon

1982-1984

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Patrick Chamut

1982-1986

Department of Fisheries and Oceans

Ward Faulkner

1986

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Aimee Lefebvre-Anglin

1986-1987

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Arthur Holder

1986-1989

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

Pierre Asselin

1987-1990

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Paul Sutherland

1987-1995

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

George Whitney

1988-1991

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

David Good

1990-1991

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

F. W. H Beamish

1990-2004

University of Guelph

Gail L. Beggs

1991-1996

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

Cheryl A. Fraser

1993-1997

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

G. Burton Ayles

1995-2000

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Marie Tobin

1997-1998

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

David Balsillie

1997-2000

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

Ray T. Pierce

1998-2005

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

John C. Davis

2000-2005

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Peter Wallace

2001-2010

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

Robert Hecky

2004-

University of Waterloo

Wendy Watson Wright

2005-2010

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Robert G. Lambe

2005-

Canada - Ontario Invasive Species Centre

Siddika Mithani

2010-2012

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Virginia West

2010

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

David O'Toole

2012-

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

UNITED STATES

 

 

 

Commissioner

Years

Affiliation

John L. Farley

1956-1956

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Lester P. Voigt

1956-1978

Wisconsin Conservation Department

Claude VerDuin

1956-1988

Midwest Federation, Fisheries Council ( Michigan)

D. L. McKernan

1957-1967

Bureau of Commercial Fisheries, USFWS

Clarence F. Pautzke

1967-1969

Department of the Interior

W. Mason Lawrence

1968-1988

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

C.H. Meacham

1969-1970

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Nathaniel P. Reed

1971-1977

Department of the Interior

Frank R. Lockard

1978-1981

Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources

Robert Herbst

1978-1981

Department of the Interior

G. R. Arnett

1981-1982

Department of the Interior

William P. Horn

1982-1989

Department of the Interior

James Ridenour

1983-1989

Indiana DNR

Becky Norton Dunlop

1988-1989

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

James M. Cady

1988-1994

Minnesota

Charles C. Krueger

1988-1998

Cornell University

Charles K. Dutcher*

1989-1990

Office of Presidential Personnel for HR and Congressional/Political Affairs

Constance Harriman

1989-1991

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Robert L. Athey *

1990-1992

Jack C. Nicklaus Devlmpt . Corp.( Illinois)

Carroll D. Besadny

1990-1996

Wisconsin DNR

John Michael Hayden

1991-1993

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Harry L. Whiteley *

1992-1994

Harry H. Whiteley Associates

Bob Davison

1994-1996

Department of the Interior

David Dempsey *

1994-2001

Michigan Environmental Council

Bernard J. Hansen

1994-2006

Alderman, City of Chicago

Don Barry

1997-1998

Department of the Interior

Joseph Day

1997-2001

Minnesota Indian Affairs Council

Jamie Rappaport Clark

1998-2001

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Roy A. Stein

1999-2004

Ohio State University

Gerry A. Barnhart

2002-2009

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

William W. Taylor *

2002-

Michigan State University

H. Craig Manson

2002-2005

Department of the Interior

Mike Hansen

2004-

University of Wisconsin

David A. Ullrich

2006-

Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative

Lyle Laverty

2008-2009

Department of the Interior

William James

2008-

Indiana DNR

Tom Strickland

2009-2010

Department of the Interior

*=alternate commissioner

 

 



Contact Us

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Tel: 734-662-3209
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Photo of fish eggs Photo: American Fisheries Society