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February 21, 2002

Workshop to focus on Southern Lake Michigan fisheries

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – An update on fishing, water levels and fish food sources will highlight the Southern Lake Michigan Regional Fisheries workshop on March 2 at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Headquarters in Porter, Ind.

"Before the 2002 fishing and boating season, anglers, charter boat captains and other interested citizens can hear an update on the status and harvest of fish in the Southern Lake Michigan region," said Patrice Charlebois, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant biological resources specialist.

The workshop will include experts from the Michigan and Indiana departments of Natural Resources, Illinois-Indiana and Michigan Sea Grant, the Illinois Natural History Survey, Ball State University and the Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab.

Topics include Lake Michigan angling, charter boat and research reports from Illinois, Indiana and Michigan waters; recent distribution of Diporeia, an important food source for many native fish; an update on the Chicago waterways dispersal barrier; and concerns related to Lake Michigan water levels.

The workshop runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., central standard time. The registration cost is $10 in advance and $15 at the door. The fee covers a continental breakfast and lunch.

To preregister, send a check along with contact information by Feb. 28 to Ottawa County Michigan State University Extension, c/o Regional Fisheries Conference, 333 Clinton St., Grand Haven, Mich. 49417. Checks should be payable to Ottawa County MSU Extension.

Requests for accommodations for those with disabilities should be directed to Charles Pistis, at the MSU Extension office at (616) 846-8250 by Feb. 25. For more information, contact Pistis or Charlebois at (847) 872-0140.

The address for the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Headquarters is 1100 N. Mineral Springs Road. The phone number is (219) 926-7651. To get there, take I-94 to exit 26B (Ind. 49 N.), turn left on U.S. 12 and go south for one-and-one-half miles. Mineral Springs Road and the entrance will be on the right.

This workshop is presented by the Illinois-Indiana and Michigan Sea Grant Programs in cooperation with the Illinois Natural History Survey; the Illinois, Indiana and Michigan departments of Natural Resources; the University of Illinois; Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences and MSU Extension-Ottawa County.

The Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant College Program is one of 30 National Sea Grant College Programs. Created by Congress in 1966, Sea Grant combines university, government, business and industry expertise to address coastal and Great Lakes needs. Funding is provided by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, Purdue University and the University of Illinois.

Writer: Irene Miles, Extension communications specialist, (217)333-8055; miles@uiuc.edu

Source: Patrice Charlebois, (847) 872-0140

Ag Communications: (765) 494-2722; Beth Forbes, bforbes@aes.purdue.edu; http://www.agriculture.purdue.edu/AgComm/public/agnews/

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu


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