Report from the 61st Annual Great Lakes Fishery Commission meeting

As the GLFC Lake Superior Sport Fishing Advisor for Wisconsin, Lake Superior, President Al House was in attendance.
On June 9th and 10th, 2016, the GLFC held their annual meeting in Ottawa Ontario. In addition to the Great Lakes Science presentations on Lamprey Control, Asian Carp and Invasive Specie control, current Lake’s status and other fisheries issues affecting the Great Lakes, the U.S. and Canadian Advisors met to discuss and approve resolutions regarding Great Lakes Fisheries issues.
Currently, Lake Superior overall is considered “stable with areas of concern” from a fisheries science standpoint.
The joint U.S/Canadian Advisors passed two resolutions:
1. Opposing the proposed diversion of Great Lakes water by Waukesha, Wisconsin.
2. Calling on the U.S. and Canadian governments to label radionuclides(all radioactive waste) as a chemical of concern to prevent storage near the Great Lakes.
3.The joint Advisors also voted to support a resolution before the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Cities Initiative calling for increased local state and federal regulation of waste discharge by Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) within the Great Lakes watershed, as well as greater oversight.
In addition, the U.S. Advisors voted to approve two other resolutions;
1. Calling on all Great Lakes states to prohibit Net Pen Aquaculture operations in the Great Lakes waters of the United States.
2. Calling for the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration(NOAA) to formally relinquish fisheries administration within Great Lakes sanctuaries currently being developed, to state and tribal entities, and supporting HR 3310, a federal bill requiring State and Federal agreement before commercial and recreational fishing can be closed in any waters in the U.S., and requesting tribal groups as well be added to the bills wording, along with the states.