Fish Tales Lectures Explore Great Lakes Topics

The 2022 Fish Tales Lecture Series will share the science of Great Lakes fisheries. This educational program of Crossroads at Big Creek will be held in person at Crossroads, 2041 Michigan St. in Sturgeon Bay, at 7 pm in the lecture hall. Zoom and Facebook Live links will also be offered through the Door County Library. To access the link, visit on the date of the talk.

Tammy Newcomb, senior water policy adviser for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, will begin the series Jan. 20 with “Protecting the Great Lakes from Invasive Carp: The Brandon Road Interbasin Barrier Project.” She’ll discuss the science behind the project on the Illinois River that’s designed to keep invasive carp from entering the Great Lakes basin and why it’s so important to do so.

On Jan. 31, Chuck Krueger of Michigan State University will present “Great Lakes Acoustic Telemetry Observation System [GLATOS]: Prying into the Secret Lives of Fishes.” As director emeritus of GLATOS, he’ll describe how acoustic telemetry has greatly enhanced our understanding of Great Lakes fisheries and our ability to manage them. 

On Feb. 24, Cari-Ann Hayer, program manager of the Aquatic Invasive Species Detection and Monitoring Program for Lake Michigan for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will present “Environmental DNA as a Tool to Detect the Arrival of Invasive Carps in the Lake Michigan Basin.” 

And on March 17, Karen Murchie, director of freshwater research at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium, will present “Suckers: Swimming Superheroes of the Great Lakes.” She’ll describe the ecology and importance of suckers in the Great Lakes, especially in the Sturgeon Bay and Door County tributaries.

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