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Environmental Assessment March 2014
The USGS and partners recently prepared a full report describing upcoming fish spawning reef projects and potential environmental impacts. The report and appendices are available on the Publications page.

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The Huron-Erie Corridor

Purpose
The purpose of the HEC Initiative is to create relevant new science that will assist resource managers in making decisions concerning restoration of native aquatic species and their habitats in the HEC.  It is an international, collaborative partnership including federal, tribal, state, provincial, local, and non-governmental participants.

Goals

  • Restore and improve the ecological function and resilience of the HEC ecosystem.
  • Maintain healthy, diverse, and productive aquatic ecosystems throughout the HEC that will in turn provide societal, economic, and environmental benefits to the Great Lakes region and throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Approach
A collaborative, science-based adaptive management approach is used that allows flexibility to address natural resource issues in complex and ever-changing environments.

Steering Committee
The steering committee was formed to determine research strategies and direction, establish collaborations, and pursue funding opportunities using a consensus-based approach. It is comprised of partners who manage and protect this ecologically and economically valuable Corridor. The group meets annually to re-assess HEC research needs, identify emerging issues, and determine next steps in aquatic habitat restoration.

Research
Research Themes are management-driven to meet the science information needs of resource managers.

Netting a Sturgeon

The HEC once provided spawning habitat for numerous sport and commercial fishes including lake whitefish, lake sturgeon, walleye, and white bass.  Changes to the physical habitat coupled with effects of exotic species and exploitation of fish stocks have impaired the ability of the system to produce and support sustainable fish stocks. The HEC Initiative partners are conducting interdisciplinary studies of fish populations and habitat in the HEC to provide information essential to managing the restoration of fish habitat and populations in the HEC.

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