Created by the parties to the Joint Strategic Plan for Management of Great Lakes Fisheries, the Council of Great Lakes Fishery Agencies is to be “keeper of the Plan”, that is, to ensure accountability, implementation and periodic review of the Plan, and to provide guidance and support to the Plan’s institutional arrangements
Todd Kalish: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (chair)
Bill Mattes: Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (vice-chair)
James Dexter: Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Dave Brown: Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
Dan Stephenson: Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Rich Carter: Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Tom Gorenflo: Chippewa Ottawa Resource Authority
Melissa Treml: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Brian Schoenung: Indiana Department of Natural Resources
Tony Swader: 1854 Treaty Authority
Stephen Hurst: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Russell M. Strach: U.S. Geological Survey
Dave Burden: Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Andy Shiel: Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
The following terms of reference were adopted by the Council on 13 November 1997. They were presented to the Great Lakes Fishery Commission on 2 December 1997. Any revisions to the terms should be made only with the consent of the Council and approval of the Commission.
Council of Great Lakes Fishery Agencies
AREA OF CONCERN
Lake Ontario (including the St. Lawrence River from Lake Ontario to the 45th parallel of latitude), Lake Erie, Lake Huron (including Lake St. Clair), Lake Michigan, Lake Superior and their connecting waters.
Tributaries of the above waters to the extent necessary to protect, manage, or investigate any stock of fish of common concern, the taking or habitat of which is confined predominantly to the above waters.
The Council of Great Lakes Fishery Agencies was created in A Joint Strategic Plan for Management of Great Lakes Fisheries. It replaced the Committee of the Whole, Operations Subcommittee, and consists of representatives to the Plan, i.e., signatories. The primary responsibility of this new committee is to guide and support the process of implementing the Plan. In doing so, the Council will consider issues pertinent to, or referred by the Great Lakes Fishery Commission. Likewise, the Council will probably develop issues or recommendations for referral to other organizations, as well as the Commission. Resolutions of the Council may also be implemented under the authority of represented agencies. The Council is not to duplicate the tasks of other management committees, but rather to reinforce, add value, and support them.
COUNCIL OPERATION PROTOCOLS
An essential feature of the plan is that decisions by the parties be arrived at by consensus. Definitions of consensus can be found in the plan's text and appendix. Consensus, therefore, is the mechanism for decision-making of the Council. If consensus cannot be achieved, the concerns of all members shall be described in minutes and in the Council report to the Commission.
The Council and the Commission will cooperatively determine the appropriate mechanisms for Commission support of the Council. Through 1999 the Council will function as a management committee of the Commission, at which time, the arrangement will be evaluated by the Council and the Commission and a decision made re the future Council relationship with the Great Lakes Fishery Commission.
The Council will decide protocol for operations, establish operational procedures for internal committees, develop meeting agenda, and guidelines for electing officers, if not covered in terms as reference as follows:
The Council shall meet at least twice annually. One meeting shall be in conjunction with annual meetings of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission (to be reviewed in 1999). Additional Council meetings may be convened by the Council Chair to address special items of concern.
Each Party to the Plan will have representation on the Council. Each Party will be asked to name one member , such as its fish chief or functional equivalent. Although a Party may send additional delegates to the meetings, the member will be the spokesperson for the Party in the development of a consensus decision. Members should be knowledgeable about issues under discussion, or bring staff that can assist
The Council will provide for non-Party participation by Environment Canada, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the International Joint Commission, and other agencies as appropriate. Non-Party participants or members are expected to participate in discussion, bring relevant information, speak for their agencies, and to play an active role in the development of consensus. However, non-Party participant assent is not a prerequisite for and non-Party dissent may not block the Parties' consensus
The Council will, at meetings occurring in odd-numbered years, elect a Chair and Vice-Chair for 2-year terms from among signatory members. One of the officers is to be from the United States and the other from Canada.
ROLE OF SECRETARIAT
The Commission's secretariat provides liaison between Council and Commission, by assisting the Council in the development and distribution of meeting agenda and minutes, and the preparation of briefing materials, reports, and communications as required. The secretariat also assists in making (local) meeting arrangements.
SUBCOMMITTEES AND ADVISORS
The Council may, as it deems necessary, establish subcommittees or seek advisors to inform or to undertake Council business.