The 1981(revised 1997) Joint Strategic
Plan for Management of Great Lakes Fisheries was signed by each of
the state, provincial, federal, and tribal natural resource agencies in
the Great Lakes basin. (also see GLFC FACT
In this document, the Commission's individual lake committees were identified
as the "major action arms for implementing the strategic plan and developing
operational procedures." Since that time, the lake committees and the Council
of Lake Committees have addressed a wide variety of issues critical to
a healthy Great Lakes ecosystem.
Their decisions have become part of the guiding frame-work for future
fishery and environmental management in the basin.