Lake Erie
Sport Fish of Lake Erie
Life History



Is a map of fish spawning areas feasible?

A map of spawning areas can be constructed based on the best available information.

Interagency cooperation:  The biggest challenge to the successful completion of the spawning atlas was due to differing opinions of the scope, usefulness and purpose of the project.  Many agencies feared that the information would be used to the detriment of fish species.

The purpose of the spawning atlas was to document fish reproductive habitats in order to develop a plan for their preservation.

Over four billion dollars is spent annually on sport fishing in the Great Lakes.

Habitat degradation and competition from exotic species continue to threaten the ability of native species to successfully reproduce in the Great Lakes.




USGS Great Lakes Science Center
NASA's Visible Earth
Michigan Sea Grant