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Lake Erie Committee - Yellow Perch Task Group

The Yellow Perch Task Group (YPTG) consists of fisheries scientists from state, provincial, federal and academic agencies conducting research on Lake Erie. The YPTG is a sub-committee of the Lake Erie Committee (LEC), appointed by the LEC and addressing charges from the LEC relevant to yellow perch management in Lakes Erie and St. Clair and connecting waters.


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

  1. Maintain and update centralized time series of datasets required for population models and assessment including:
       a) Fishery harvest, effort, age composition, biological and stock parameters
       b) Survey indices of young of year, juvenile and adult abundance, size at age and biological parameters
       c) Fishing harvest and effort by grid.
  2. Support a sustainable harvest policy by:
       a) Examining exploitation strategies
       b) Recommending an allowable harvest for 2011 for each management unit
       c) Supporting decision/risk analysis strategies for yellow perch management
  3. Support completion of a Lake Erie Yellow Perch Management Plan.
  4. Support QFC modeling efforts for catch-age models and harvest policies.


  • Megan Belore (OMNR), Co-chair
  • Mike Hosack (PFBC), Co-chair
  • Andy Cook, Larry Witzel, (OMNR)
  • Carey Knight, Travis Hartman, Kevin Kayle (ODNR)
  • Jim Markham (NYSDEC)
  • Mike Thomas (MDNR)
  • Chuck Murray (PFBC)

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