Who Are We?
the GLSFC President
ECONOMIC IMPACT OF SPORT FISHING
Region wide sport fishing contributes fifteen billion dollars to local and state economies. A call for more recognition is long over due.
BACTERIAL KIDNEY DISEASE (BKD) Even with attempts of cooperation
among neighboring state agencies to lick the issue, lack of funding could
hurt us here. We still haven't found the cause or the cure..
ETHICS OF COMMERCIAL FISHING
Management and legislators refuse to
recognize the immorality and lack of ethics in the industry.
17th Century practices as we enter the 21st century.
Precipitous declines continue in Lake Michigan but
add chubs to the same issue. A continuing decline in the bottoms up and
top down food chain due to introduced exotics will preclude management
from finding a cure to prevent this continuing decline.
Continue to impact the very foundation of our
aquatic food chains.
Stronger controls needed region wide to eliminate biological pollution including micro-bacterial, aquatic, and vegetative exotics.
LAKE TROUT RESTORATION
Symbol, not fish. Review economics and negative health implications.
RETURNING REGIONAL ECOSYSTEMS TO 1805
Mind set of some Government and private interest groups to return our fishery back to 1805, which calls for the elimination of stocking such species as Large and Small mouth Bass, Steelhead, Brown trout, Coho salmon and Chinook salmon.
CONNECTED WATERSHEDS One of the most pressing problems confronting
resource management and the sport fishing community is artificially
connected watersheds that exchange acquatic systems , possibly to the
detriment of one watershed or the other or both. An excellent
illustration is the Chicago Waterway System connecting Lake Michigan with
the Mississippi River watershed. Economically a boon; environmentally a
RESOURCE DEPARTMENT CUTBACKS Budget constraints in our resource
departments are adversely affecting management decisions and research to
the detriment of our resources and the sport fishing community.
ECONOMIC DISADVANTAGE OF THE GREAT LAKES REGIONCongress for years
has placed the Great Lakes region at an economic disadvantage to other
regions of the country. We must get the message across to our federal
legislators that the Great Lakes region is not only an economic necessity
to the country but a wealth of natural resource that can't be replaced if
allowed to deteriorate.