2021 Michigan Fish Producers Association Annual Conference

Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. EST
Hosted by:
Michigan Sea Grant 
https://www.michiganseagrant.org/
&
Michigan Fish Producers Association
https://www.mfpa.us/ 

 

This event will bring presentations and panel discussions of content related to Michigan commercial fisheries as the Michigan Fish Producers Association host their annual conference. Due to COVID-19 limitations, this this portion of the conference is virtual and is open to all who would like to attend. Agenda will include updates of water safety, fisheries research, regulations, and stories from fishermen themselves! Come join us to spend a full day talking about fish!

Cost: FREE

Agenda

Time

ET 

Session Topic

Speaker(s)

Introduction

10:00am - 10:10am 

Welcome!

Dr. Lauren Jescovitch - Extension Educator, Michigan Sea Grant and Michigan State University Extension

10:10am - 10:30am

Who is Michigan Sea Grant?

Dr. Heather Triezenberg - Program Leader, Michigan Sea Grant and Michigan State University Extension

Fisheries Research

10:30am - 11:00am 

High Lake Levels… Again!

Mark Breederland - Extension Educator, Michigan Sea Grant and Michigan State University Extension

Break (5 min)

11:05am - 11:30am 

Fish Models and How We Use Them to Inform Difficult Management Decisions

Dr. Mike Jones, Co-Director, Quantitative Fisheries Center, Michigan State University

Fish and Fishery Regulations

11:30am - 12:00pm

Commercial Fishing Vessel Inspections

MST1 Russel Post, US Coast Guard

Lunch Break 

12:00pm - 1:00pm 


Breakout Room: 12:30pm - 1:00pm 




Optional: Informal breakout room for networking.

1:00pm - 1:30pm

Seafood Processing and Safety

Dr. Michael Ciaramella, Seafood Safety and Technology Specialist, New York Sea Grant & Cornell Cooperative Extension

1:30pm - 2:00pm 

Tribal Nations Whitefish Management in Treaty Waters

Jason Smith, Fisheries Assessment Biologist, Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians


Kevin Donner, Great Lakes Fishery Program Manager, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians

2:00pm - 3:00pm

State Status and Management of Commercial Fisheries 

Dr. Lauren Jescovitch - Extension Educator, Michigan Sea Grant and Michigan State University Extension

Break (15min)

Fish Tales

3:15pm - 4:00pm

Mending the Stress Net

Eric Karbowski – Community Behavioral Health Extension Educator, Michigan State University Extension

4:00pm - 4:15pm 

A Fish Tale!

Jim Hamel, Hamel and Sons Fishery

4:15pm - 4:30pm 

Pivoting to Direct Marketing 

Jill Bentgen, Mackinac Straits Fish Company

4:30pm - 4:45pm 

Views From Across the Lake

Charlie Henriksen, Chair, Lake Michigan Commercial Fishing Board

Wrap-Up

4:45pm - 5:00pm 

Conclusion & Adjourn

Dr. Lauren Jescovitch - Extension Educator, Michigan Sea Grant and Michigan State University Extension

Virtual Happy Hour

5:15pm - 6:30pm

MFPA General Membership Meeting

Michigan Fish Producers Association Members Only (separate zoom link)



Accommodations

Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For more information, contact Dr. Lauren Jescovitch at jescovit@msu.edu.