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WWII Lecture Series: Historical Great Lake Fisheries
February 21 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
@ Michigan Maritime Museum
Commercial Fishing in the Early and Mid-20th Century w/ speaker Tom Goniea, Biologist, Fisheries Division, Michigan DNR.
The middle of the 20th century was an interesting and defining time in Great Lakes Management. Native species were in severe decline or extirpated completely from parts of the Great Lakes while invasive species were playing an increasingly devastating role. Technological advancements had greatly increased the efficiency of an over capitalized and severely under regulated commercial fishery. For the first time the general public had mechanical access to the Great Lakes. The post war economic boom brought prosperity and leisure to the masses. Together these forces moved Great Lakes Management from one centered around commercial fishing to one that emphasized recreation pursuit above all else. This lecture will discuss the period from the 1930s to the 1960s that brought about this shift and laid the ground work the modern fishery we know today.
Tom Goniea was born and raised in Michigan. He received his Bachelors Degree from Michigan State University and a Master of Science in 2002 from the University of Idaho. Since that time, he has spent the last 15 years working as a fish biologist with the Michigan DNR. Continued areas of involvement include the Commercial Fishing Program, Scientific Collector’s Permit Program, Reptile and Amphibian Representative, and Fishing Tournament Liaison.
Admission: Adults $8 Seniors $7 Tickets will include admission to the Museum’s newest exhibit, Lake Michigan’s Call to Duty.
Tickets will be available the day of the event.
Free to Museum Members.