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Fishery Research Program

Purpose of Program

To conduct research and develop recommendations for achieving a healthy Great Lakes ecosystem. Research priorties have been organized into theme areas. Also, research priorities have been developed for each of the five Great Lakes.

Type of Research

Great Lakes fishery research, including ecological and social sciences is supported. Theme areas include Fish Health and Ecosystem Dysfunction, Human Dimensions, Physical Processes and Fish Recruitment in Large Lakes, and Reintroduction of Native Deep-water Fish. Also supported are projects that address the research priorities identified by the Lake Committees, and the Great Lakes Fish Health Committee. Research projects that do not fit into an existing theme area are supported under the category of Non-Theme Research. Hightly meritorious concepts, not connected to existing theme areas may be funded.


Projects range from U.S.$10,000 to U.S.$100,000 per year. The average award ranges from U.S.$35,000-$50,000 per year. Most projects are2-3 years in duration. Annual funding available for Fishery Research Program projects is typically $500,000. For more information, review the current call for proposals.

Program Administration

Secretariat staff and the commission’s Board of Technical Experts (BOTE) administer research funded under this category.

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Photo of fish eggs Photo: American Fisheries Society