Great Lakes Sea Grant Network Meeting 2019

Sept. 17-19, 2019

Ramada Plaza Ojibway
240 W Portage Ave.
Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783

Our Great Lakes Sea Grant gathering in Sault Ste. Marie will be an awesome time of networking, learning, and adventure in the beautiful eastern Upper Peninsula! We’ll be staying at the historic Ramada Ojibway hotel, which puts us in the heart of the downtown area — just a short walk away from the famous Soo Locks.

Conference registration fee is $325. It includes the welcome reception, a full breakfast buffet each day, a box lunch on field trip day, most field trips (kayak trips require additional cost), and the award celebration dinner.

Please register individually and be prepared to answer questions which will help us in our planning. Questions will include:

  • Attending the Monday night welcome reception?
  • Choice of field trip options? (see options on conference website or below)
  • Banquet food choices? (whitefish, prime rib, vegetarian)
  • Any special accommodations needed?

Please be sure to make your hotel reservations and travel plans, too! If you are flying to the U.P., we encourage you to make your flight reservations soon as flights are limited. More information on accommodations and travel is available here.

The Ramada Ojibway Plaza Hotel is our conference hotel and their room block has been filled. If you have not yet made your lodging arrangements, additional lodging is available in Sault Ste. Marie at Longships Motel, 906-632-2422, or Lockview Motel, 906-632-2491.

Here’s our draft agenda with lots of great opportunities to network, learn, and have fun. Make your plans now!

Field Trip Options:
1. Tribal Natural Resource Management

  • Stops include Sugar Island, Chippewa Ottowa Resource Authority, St. Mary’s Area of Concern (AOC), Bay Mills Indian Community, and Point Iroquois Lighthouse
  • Topics include local natural resources and the community college, tribal involvement in restoration of AOC, and rapids restoration

2. Commercial Fisheries and Aquaculture in the Northern Great Lakes

  • Stops include Hatchery, Cloverland Electric Hydropowerplant, and Fish House
  • Topics include fish processing, machinery and equipment, product sampling, and freshwater research and education

3. Diversifying Small Coaster Town Economies

  • Stops include Boat Building School, Township marina, and a boat tour
  • Topics include Les Cheneaux Islands, Hessel Marina, a local culinary school, and the oldest Criscraft Dealer in the nation: Mertaugh Boat Works

4. Paddling the Great Lakes

  • Two kayaking options are available: 3 hour Soo Locks ($100) or 2 hour Lower River Island ($50).
  • The fee will be automatically added to your purchase upon selecting a kayaking trip.
We're excited to create minimal waste at this year’s regional network meeting! In order to meet our zero waste goal, we need to work together in our planning before, during, and after the conference. Help us help the planet! - Learn more here!

More information:
For full conference information, please visit the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network Meeting website.


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 related to meeting content please contact Cindy Hudson at 517-353-9723 or For questions related to registration please contact Ashley Schwieterman at or by phone at 517-884-8810.