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 sheet #10)
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.