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Virtual WN@TL: “Applied Research with a Side of History – Sustainable Commercial Fisheries in the Great Lakes”
November 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Speaker: Titus Seilheimer, Wisconsin Sea Grant
The Great Lakes have been an important source of food for thousands of years. Commercial harvest of Great Lakes fishes is still an important industry today that supports coastal communities and is a source of local seafood. Titus Seilheimer, Wisconsin Sea Grant’s Fisheries Specialist, started riding on commercial fishing boats in 2015 as part of a study on monitor harvest and bycatch in the Lake Michigan lake whitefish fishery. This presentation will provide background in the history of Great Lakes fish harvest and discuss the current fishery and the lessons learned in applied research that have helped to inform science-based management decisions.
Titus Seilheimer is the Fisheries Specialist with Wisconsin Sea Grant and is based in Manitowoc, WI. He grew up in the Northwoods of Wisconsin and developed a keen interest in water at an early age. He has studied Great Lakes issues for nearly 20 years with a brief detour to work on Oklahoma streams and rivers. Titus has a B.A. in Biology from Lawrence University and a Ph.D. in Biology from McMaster University. Titus enjoys spending time on the Great Lakes coast with his family and exploring the country roads of Wisconsin on his bike.