DSR has some very sad news. Mike Miller passed away at his home Tuesday, June 21st. Those who fished DSR in the past will remember Mike well. He managed DSR for a number of years and took it from a fishing parking lot and developed into an outstanding sport fishery. He was succeeded by his wife Connie Rogers, who carried on his dedication to sport fishing on the River for several years. Mike will be greatly missed as a leader in the State in promoting sport fishing. We at DSR send out condolences to Connie and their family members.
It is with great sorrow that we share the passing of former DSR Manager Mike Miller. Mike was a great outdoorsman, friend, and loving husband. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Connie and the Miller family, he will be dearly missed.
Annual Meeting of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission
The Great Lakes Fishery Commission (GLFC) was created by the 1954 Convention on Great Lakes Fisheries. It emerged as a consequence of the recognition of a need for the United States and Canada to work cooperatively on matters of mutual concern (most particularly sea lamprey control) effecting the Great Lakes so that the fishery could be preserved and perpetuated.
The commission consists of four Canadian commissioned that are appointed by the Privy Counsel and four U.S. commissioners (and one alternate) appointed by the President. Additionally, the Fisheries Act of 1956 authorized the appointment of advisors to the U.S. commissioners “to be heard on all proposed recommendations, programs, and activities relating to [the lake they represent]." The advisors are appointed by various state governors and interests represented are those of the various state agencies (i.e. New York DEC), the commercial fishing industry, the public-at-large, and sport fishermen.
DSR employee Charlie Blaas was appointed as an Advisor in 2006 as the Lake Ontario sport fishing advisor for New York to the commission and recently attended their 61st Annual Meeting June 8th and 9th in Ottawa, Canada. What follows is an abbreviated summary of various aspects of the meeting:
As always, the Annual Meeting consisted of many presentations on a variety of topics of mutual concern, completed and on-going research projects, discussions on various resolutions, and the status of the fishery in the various Great Lakes. Some highlights from this year’s meeting consists of:
· Sea Lamprey Control. The annual report and status of sea lamprey control is an invariant and major concern of the commission and this year the report by Paul Sullivan (Fisheries and Ocean Canada) was positive. In his words, “2015 was a very good year for sea lamprey control”. Lake Trout abundance was holding steady in three of the Great Lakes, increasing in Lakes Erie and Ontario and Marking Rates were Meeting Target in four Great Lakes (Above Target In Lake Erie) and Steady in all of the lakes.
· State of the Lakes Panel. While the various fisheries representatives presented various information on the status of various species in their respective lakes (i.e. American Eel, Yellow Perch, Walleye Whitefish, Deep Water Sculpin, etc.) the reports from Lake Michigan and Lake Ontario drew considerable attention. In the case of Lake Michigan it was announced that the Lake Michigan Committee would be proposing a lake-wide reduction of 62 percent in the number of Chinook salmon stocked in Lake Michigan and while Michigan Committee member agency must still approve and implement the committee’s recommendations, the proposal is to reduce the stocking from its current level of 1,800,000 to 690,000 in 2017. While pointing out some “bright spots” Andy Todd (Lake Ontario Committee), the results of the spring 2016 bottom trawl survey for alewife was discussed. Specifically, that after two severe winters, the adult alewife population (fish age 2 and older) declined markedly from 2015 to 2016 and the size of the 2015 year class was well below the average form 1994-2015. Thus, there is the expectation that there will not be marked improvement in the adult alewife population in 2017 thus raising the question as to whether or not there will be “sufficient mass” to satisfy and sustain Chinook salmon until the alewife population catches up. A number of management options will need to be considered.
- The U.S. and Canadian Advisor passed a resolution calling for the Great Lakes Compact Council to deny a request by the city of Waukesha, Wisconsin to divert water from Lake Michigan. The city of Waukesha is located entirely outside of the Great Lakes drainage basin.
- The U.S. Advisors passed a resolution calling of the GLFC to encourage all Great Lakes jurisdictions to prohibit the establishment of any pen aquaculture facilities is the U.S. waters of the Great Lakes.
As previously mentioned, in addition to these issues, a variety of fisheries related matters were presented and discussed, awards were presented, and future items of concern were identified. It should not go without mention that the Annual Meeting took place in the Chateau Laurier which is a magnificent, historic hotel in downtown Ottawa and adjacent to the Canadian Parliamentary buildings; a truly gorgeous setting.
Join DSR at these Upcoming Events
“Spey Nation” | Saturday, June 25th
- Gathering for Fly and Spey Fishing Enthusiasts
- Vendors, Raffles, Presentations
- Pineville Boat Ramp on the Salmon River, Pineville NY, 9am-5pm
- Presenter include Chris O’Donnell and Many More
“Summer Salmon Seminar”August 26-28th
- Weekend Long Seminar
- Learn how to Fly Fish for Early Run King Salmon with DSR Guide George O’Brien of Trophy Angler Guide Service
- Douglaston Salmon Run, Pulaski NY
- Stream Side Dinner, DSR Lodging, and Two Days of On the Water Instruction