(April 13, 2020) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a $6.4 million GLRI grant to the Great Lakes Fishery Commission to restore and manage fish species through its FishPass project and the use of the Great Lakes Acoustic Telemetry Observation System.
The Commission is receiving $6 million for its innovative “FishPass” project, which will remove the deteriorating Union Street Dam in downtown Traverse City, Michigan, and reconnect the Boardman River with Lake Michigan. The dam will be replaced with an improved sea lamprey barrier featuring a fish-sorting channel. The barrier and channel will aid scientists in the migration of desirable fishes and the removal of invasive fishes. Construction is expected to begin later this year.
The remaining $400,000 will support an existing project that uses the Great Lakes Acoustic Telemetry Observation System to track the movement of fish populations in each of the Great Lakes. Funding will support researchers who implant electronic transmitters in fish that are “heard” by receivers in the Great Lakes and tributaries. The project will provide critical information for fish managers and accelerate the recovery of native species, such as lake trout and lake sturgeon, and the control of invasive species, such as sea lamprey and Asian grass carp.