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September 2, 2022

Multiple media outlets publish stories on advance technology work.

Director David Applegate Speaks at a Gathering in Ashland Wisconsin
USGS Director David Applegate delivers remarks during the celebration of USGS advanced technologies in fisheries science on the Great Lakes, August 9, 2022, in Ashland, Wisconsin. Photo credit: Andrea Miehls, USGS.

The GLSC is using advanced technologies to improve fisheries assessments on the Great Lakes. In August and September, 2022, Dr. Pete Esselman (GLSC, Ann Arbor, Michigan) and Dan Yule (GLSC, Ashland, Wisconsin) are leading a mission on Lake Superior that brings together state, federal, tribal, Canadian provincial, private, non-profit, and academic partners using advanced fishery research approaches to enhance fishery assessment methods. Six different research vessels operated by the USGS, the states of Minnesota and Wisconsin, the Grand Portage and Red Cliff Bands of Lake Superior Chippewa, and the Province of Ontario will be used along with four autonomous vehicles during the month-long fisheries science mission. On the morning of August 9 at the USGS-leased dock in Ashland, GLSC and the Great Lakes Fishery Commission (GLFC) hosted a Celebration of USGS Advanced Technologies in Great Lakes Fishery Research that also served as a kick-off for the 2022 mission. Approximately 60 guests attended the event including Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary for Water and Science Tanya Trujillo, USGS Director David Applegate, local Congressman Tom Tiffany (WI-07), GLFC Executive Secretary Bob Lambe, senior fishery managers from states and inter-tribal organizations, tribal leaders, other USGS and sister-agency leaders and partners, local elected officials, media, and many others. Following a series of comments by dignitaries, senior leaders, and Dr. Esselman, guests explored stations set up on the dock and the USGS research vessel Kiyi to learn about the GLSC Advanced Technologies program, the 2022 mission on Lake Superior, and the GLSC Deepwater Science Program in general. The evening before, GLSC hosted a vessel cruise aboard the Kiyi on Lake Superior with around 30 of the participants, including Hanna Alstead, the Northeast Regional Director from the office of Senator Tina Smith (MN). The Celebration event and the broader 2022 mission was picked up by numerous media outlets and included several interviews with Dr. Esselman:  

Discussion of Hydroacoustics Aboard the R/V Kiyi
DOI Assistant Secretary for Water and Science Tanya Trujillo and USGS Director David Applegate learn about hydroacoustics technology aboard the USGS research vessel Kiyi from USGS scientist Dan Yule and fishery management partners, August 9, 2022. Photo credit: Andrea Miehls, USGS,
Director David Applegate Speaks at a Gathering in Ashland Wisconsin
USGS Director David Applegate delivers remarks during the celebration of USGS advanced technologies in fisheries science on the Great Lakes, August 9, 2022, in Ashland, Wisconsin. Photo credit: Andrea Miehls, USGS.
Researchers Standing in Front of Research Vessel Kiyi
DOI and USGS leadership, scientists, and staff are joined by Great Lakes fishery science and management partners for an evening cruise aboard the 107’ USGS research vessel Kiyi in Lake Superior off Ashland, Wisconsin, on August 8, 2022. The group learned about and discussed the USGS science in the Great Lakes as part of the USGS Great Lakes Deepwater Science Program. Photo credit: Andrea Miehls, USGS.