Great Lakes Fisheries Heritage Consortium Conference

November 2-3, 2016, Alpena, MI

Sponsored by the Great Lakes Fisheries Heritage Consortium, Michigan Sea Grant, Wisconsin Sea Grant NOAA Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, and the Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan

Discover how our valuable Great Lakes fisheries (past, present and future) can benefit local museum programs, enhance coastal tourism development opportunities, and support community development efforts. Learn more about Michigan’s Great Lakes Fisheries Heritage Consortium projects and partnerships, including current partnerships in fostering a statewide fisheries heritage tourism trail.

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Please register by Thursday, October 27

This educational program is open to everyone interested in promoting maritime heritage tourism and Great Lakes stewardship. This two-day conference will offer:

Wednesday, November 2

  • Conference kick-offand networking reception begins at 1 p.m. Nov. 2, 2016, with a picnic luncheon (provided) and guided tours of Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan’s fisheries heritage educational exhibits and vessels – the commercial vessel Katherine V and recently retired Lake Huron research vessel R/V Chinook.
  • Great Lakes Fisheries Heritage Consortium business meeting (open to all interested) will be held at 4 p.m. Nov. 2, 2016, at the Besser Museum. Attend and learn more about the planning and projects of this statewide network of organizations collaborating with a common interest in protecting and promoting our Great Lakes fisheries heritage. 

Thursday, November 3

  • Conference educational sessionsbegin 9 a.m. Nov. 3, 2016, at the NOAA Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center. Join in the conversation and share ideas and experiences toward innovative educational strategies for bringing fisheries heritage stories to life – within museums, among communities, and across a Great Lakes Fisheries Heritage Trail.

Registration is $30 ($10 for students) and includes picnic lunch and guided tours at Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan on Nov. 2 and participation in educational conference sessions with lunch on Nov. 3 There is no cost to attend the Consortium business meeting on Nov. 2.

Lodging

Discount rates are under a “Great Lakes Fisheries Heritage” block. Make your reservations early!

  • THE SANCTUARY INN
    1000 US 23 North, Alpena, Michigan 49707
    (989) 356-2151
    Nearest in proximity to museums where meetings will be hosted each day. Block of rooms held for Great Lakes Fisheries Heritage, $84.60 + tax. Room reservations should be made by October 7.
  • DAYS INN ALPENA
    1496 M-32 West, M-32 – Bagley, Alpena, MI 49707
    (989) 356-6118
    Block of rooms held for Great Lakes Fisheries Heritage, $69.99 + tax. Room reservations should be made by October 21.

Additional Information

Brandon Schroeder
Michigan Sea Grant
schroe45@msu.edu
(989) 354-9885