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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.


The following are the charges to the FTG for the 2015-2016 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. Report on the use of forage fish and new invasive species in the diets of selected commercially or recreationally important Lake Erie predator fish.
  5. Develop and maintain a database to track new or emerging Aquatic Invasive Species in Lake Erie that exhibit the potential to directly impact economically important fisheries.


  • Zy Biesinger (USFWS), Co-chair
  • Geoff Steinhart (ODNR), Co-chair
  • Mark Clapsadl (SUNY- Buffalo State College)
  • John Deller (ODNR)
  • Andrew Briggs (USFWS)
  • Jan-Michael Hessenauer (MDNR)
  • Mike Hosack (PFBC)
  • Patrick Kocovsky (USGS)
  • Tom MacDougall (OMNRF)
  • Jim Markham (NYSDEC)
  • David Marson (DFO)
  • Paulette Penton (OMNRF)
  • Eric Weimer (ODNR)

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Annual Reports

Other Reports and Documents

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

updated May 2014

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Photo of fish eggs Photo: American Fisheries Society