Great Lakes Sea Grant Symposium

Event Date: 1/29/2019

Great Lakes Sea Grant Symposium at the Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference
Cleveland, OH
January 27-30, 2019

Members of the Sea Grant programs in Michigan, Illinois-Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York are holding a collaborative outreach session about Sea Grant’s role in communicating needs to inform research and conservation at the upcoming Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference in Cleveland, Ohio.

The symposium is scheduled for Tuesday, January 29, 1:20 pm – 5:00 pm. The conference will run from January 27-30, 2019, with an overall theme of “Communicating Science to Fan the Flames of Conservation.” 

Fish and wildlife managers are increasingly being asked to communicate and engage with stakeholders to achieve conservation goals. Public participation, stakeholder engagement, social media, and citizen science, are just a few of the ways to connect with stakeholders and advance research and management important for conservation. In this half-day symposium, we provide an overview of the Great Lakes Sea Grant Programs and their work throughout the region. We will present case studies of successful research to outreach, emphasizing the importance of communication and extension for achieving conservation goals.

We will also share how Sea Grant research is informed by local community and management needs. Specific topics to be covered will include how Sea Grant programs work with state fisheries managers to increase public access to recreational fisheries, engage K-12 students in fisheries conservation, and work with managers to address diseases in fishes. Unique examples also apply to engagement at the land-water interface, such as the Michigan EnviroImpact Tool that supports farmers in forecasting manure nutrient runoff risk. A panel discussion at the end of the symposium will provide an opportunity for prospective partners to learn more about what it’s like to work with the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network.

For additional information on the symposium, please contact Chiara Zuccarino-Crowe (Michigan Sea Grant Extension) at

Additional information about the conference is available at