The Forage Task Group (FTG) consists
of fisheries scientists from state, provincial, federal
and university agencies conducting research on Lake
Erie. The FTG is a sub-committee of the Lake Erie
Committee (LEC), appointed by the LEC and addressing
charges from the LEC relevant to forage fish issues/management
in Lakes Erie and St. Clair and connecting waters.
The following are the charges to the FTG for the
2013-2014 work year:
Report on the results of the interagency lower trophic level monitoring program and status of trophic conditions as they relate to the Lake Erie Fish Community Goals and Objectives.
Describe the status and trends of forage fish in each basin of Lake Erie.
Continue hydroacoustic assessment of the pelagic forage fish community in Lake Erie, incorporating new methods in survey design and analysis while following the GLFC's Great Lakes Hydroacoustic Standard Operating Procedures where possible/feasible.
Describe the use of forage fishes in the diets of Lake Erie.s top predators.
Continue the development of an experimental design to facilitate forage fish assessment and standardized interagency reporting.
Report on the impact of new invasive species on the Lake Erie food web.