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  • October 21-22, 2003Lansing CenterLansing, Michigan

  • Sustaining the Great Lakes Fisheriesthrough PartnershipsWilliam W. Taylor, Professor and ChairDepartment of Fisheries and WildlifeMichigan State University

    Lansing, MichiganOctober 21, 2003

  • More and more, in a place like this, we feel ourselves a part of wild Nature, kin to everything.

    John Muir

  • Multi-jurisdictional PartnersMunicipalitiesCountiesStateFederalInternational NGOsUniversities

  • Ecosystem LinkagesBIOLOGICALF









  • Department of Fisheries and WildlifeEstablished in 1950Housed in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University35+ faculty100+ undergradand grad students

  • Department of Fisheries and WildlifeMission

    provide the education, research and outreach needed by society for the conservation and rehabilitation of fish and wildlife resources and their ecosystems

  • Department of Fisheries and WildlifeAreas of expertiseexamples include:

    Fisheries and wildlife managementEcosystem managementEndangered speciesFish physiology and behaviorGeneticsWildlife habitat analysis

  • Department of Fisheries and WildlifeAquatic and wildlife diseaseWater pollution microbiology and public healthEnvironmental law and policyHuman dimensions and economics of fisheries and wildlife managementCommunications and marketing

  • The Great Lakes94,000 square miles6 quadrillion gallons of water20% of the worlds surface fresh water90% of the U.S. supply38,575 square miles of water area 3,288 miles of shoreline

  • Business of Ecosystem Goods and ServicesAssess and reassess value Natures ROI (return on investment)

  • Multiple values

    -Traditional harvest/recreational values-Existence values-Ecosystem health valuesValue of the Resource

  • Value of the Resource Value/PartnersCommodity Good Service ExperienceAdapted from The Experience Economy, Pine and Gilmore, 1999

  • Value of the Resource Nationally34 million anglers spent $35.6 billion and supported 1.1 million jobs*

    *2001 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation

  • Value of the Great Lakes ResourceThe commercial and sport fishery on the Great Lakes is collectively valued at more than $5 billion annually.* *Great Lakes Information Network

  • Threats to Great Lakes FisheryOverfishingGlobal warming and pollutionNonindigenous speciesWater security

  • Threats to Great Lakes FisheryLandscape integrityHabitat degradation and lossExpanding human populationDeclining fish populations

  • Lack of public ...AwarenessConcernEnvironmental educationParticipationCommunication

  • When the wells dry, we know the worth of the water.Ben Franklin

  • What is Sustainability?Many definitions have been proposed, the view we prefer is:

    Maintenance of social and economic benefits or ecosystem services indefinitely

    Put another way, sustainability is the balance between the productive capacity of the environment and our use of this production

  • What Hinders Sustainability?Loss of habitatsLoss of genetic diversityCompeting allocations of land and waterOverharvesting and interceptionsGlobalization of salmon marketsScientific uncertainty, lack of informationLack of awareness and communication between stakeholders

  • What Promotes Sustainability?Recognizing the interconnectedness of social and ecological systemsSupporting stakeholder knowledge, expectations, and valuesHaving alternatives and adaptability

  • Policy/Mgt. RecommendationsExpand public education and dialogue Employ a precautionary approachExplore alternative conservation incentivesEncourage inclusive, adaptive, and transparent decision-makingAlign institutions with ecosystem processesUnderstand, utilize, and expand networks

  • Established Earth Day 1993PartnersMichigan Department of Natural ResourcesGreat Lakes Fishery CommissionGreat Lakes Science CenterMichigan State University

  • Examples of PERM projects:Sex pheromone communication in sea lampreyEnergy dynamics of Lake Michigan chinook salmonImproving fishery stock assessment in the Great LakesGenetic taggingEconomic modelingLandscape ecology

  • Partnership to ID ecosystem problems and solutionsShared visionPromotes dialogue and cooperationCutting-edge researchOutreach

  • THE ChallengeFacilitate interdisciplinary and multi-jurisdictional collaboration

    Augment strengths

    Expand public education and dialogue

  • Its a lot like wrestling pigsyou both get dirty, but the pig likes it!

  • how can we not do everything possible to protect what we love?

    Bill Taylor

  • Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Preserving our pastCreating our futureFor more information:Department of Fisheries and Wildlife13 Natural Resources BuildingMichigan State UniversityEast Lansing, MI 48824517-355-4478 Fax: 517-432-1699