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Lake Erie Committee - Forage Task Group

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.


Charges


The following are the charges to the FTG for the 2013-2014 work year:

  1. 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.
  2. Describe the status and trends of forage fish in each basin of Lake Erie.
  3. 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.
  4. Describe the use of forage fishes in the diets of Lake Erie.s top predators.
  5. Continue the development of an experimental design to facilitate forage fish assessment and standardized interagency reporting.
  6. Report on the impact of new invasive species on the Lake Erie food web.





Members

  • Mike Thomas (MDNR), Co-chair
  • Betsy Trometer (USFWS), Co-chair
  • Patrick Kocovsky (USGS)
  • John Deller, Eric Weimer (ODNR)
  • Larry Witzel, Tom MacDougall (OMNR)
  • Dr. Alicia Perez-Fuentetaja (SUNY - Buffalo)
  • Markham (NYSDEC)
  • Mike Hosack (PFBC)


Publications and Products

Annual Reports

Other Reports and Documents

  • Acoustics SOP (in development)
  • Herring Management Plan (in development)



updated May 2013

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Photo of fish eggs Photo: American Fisheries Society