Research theme areas describe a broad topic of importance to Great Lakes fishery management. Theme areas establish key research questions and hypotheses that become the focus of specific projects.
Research theme areas
Theme development – The leadership for development of research theme areas is provided by members of the Board of Technical Experts. Investigators with ideas for new theme areas should contact the commission’s Science Director.
Research to Support Immediate Needs of Great Lakes Fishery Management – Research projects that provide for a quick response to the immediate information needs of Great Lakes fishery management may also be funded. These information needs are described in the Council of Lake Committees Research Priorities documents.
Cross-cutting Research – The BOTE particularly encourages proposals that demonstrate integration across two or more theme areas. For example, a project that addresses angler attitudes in relation to deepwater native fish communities would be relevant to both the Human Dimensions and the Re-establishment of Native Deepwater Fishes themes.
Non-Theme Area Research – Projects that do not fall under any current theme area may also be supported. This provides an opportunity for researchers with highly meritorious concepts, not connected to existing theme areas, to access commission funding. For example, the commission is interested in research investigating Aquatic Protected Areas (APAs) and their design, effectiveness, and establishment. Please read the APA white paper for more information. Projects relevant to the former Fish Health and Ecosystem Dysfunction theme can be submitted to the non-theme research category.