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Fish Health Committee

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Established in 1973 under Article VI of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission Convention between the United States and Canada (1955), the Great Lakes Fish Health Committee serves as the instrument of the Commission in coordinating regional efforts in the Great Lakes basin to prevent introduction and dissemination of communicable fish diseases by:

  • recommending and fostering conduct of research and studies related to fish health and disease control;
  • recommending and coordinating measures which minimize risk of introduction and dissemination of communicable fish disease; and
  • preparing for publication scientific and other information related to fish health protection.

The Committee consists of two representatives appointed by each agency formally cooperating with the Great Lakes Fishery Commission. (Currently, these agencies are of the eight Great Lakes states, the Province of Ontario, the two federal governments, and the tribes.) Technical advisors approved by the Committee are periodically invited to provide specialist expertise as required to enhance the conduct of the Committee's work.

For deliberations of this Committee, the area of concern is as defined in the Great Lakes Fishery Commission Convention: "Lake Ontario (including the St. Lawrence River from Lake Ontario to the 45th Parallel of latitude), Lake Erie, Lake Huron (including Lake St. Clair), Lake Michigan, Lake Superior and their connecting waters,. . . " and the area of concern ". . .shall also apply to the tributaries of each of the above waters to the extent necessary to investigate any stock of fish of common concern, the taking of habitat of which is confined predominantly to the Convention Area." Decisions will be reached by consensus or some other polling procedures as directed by the Committee Chairman. When consensus cannot be achieved, the concerns of all members shall be described in the Committee's report to the Commission.

  

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Members

Ling Shen, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (Chair)
Coja Yamashita, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (Vice-chair)
Greg Wright, Chippewa-Ottawa Resource Authority
Sunita Khatkar, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Bill Mattes, Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission
Steve Krueger, Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Randy Lang, Indiana Department of Natural Resources
Dave Meuninck, Indiana Department of Natural Resources
Gary Whelan, Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Mohammed Faisal, Michigan State University
Paula Phelps, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Jim Daley, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Andy Noyes, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Nick Jamison, Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Tim Parrett, Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Kevin Loftus, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
Brian Niewinski, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
John Coll, US Fish and Wildlife Service
Ken Phillips, US Fish and Wildlife Service
Alfred Kaas, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Sue Marcquenski, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

  


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Photo of fish eggs Photo: American Fisheries Society