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
2015-2016 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.
Report on the use of forage fish and new invasive species in the diets of selected commercially or recreationally important Lake Erie predator fish.
Continue the development of an experimental design to facilitate forage fish assessment and standardized interagency reporting.