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Development of a lakewide electronic database for lower trophic level monitoring in Lake Erie


 Timothy B. Johnson1, Elizabeth Trometer2, Nick Preston3



1 Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

Lake Erie Fisheries Station

Wheatley, Ontario N0P 2P0

2US Fish and Wildlife Service

Lower Great Lakes Fishery Resource Office

Amherst, New York 14228

3 44 Bedford Crescent

Ottawa, Ontario K1K 0E5



January 2003




The Great Lakes Fishery Commission (GLFC) Coordination Activities Program supported the development of a database for managing information and reporting on the state of the lower trophic levels in Lake Erie. The database was developed in MS Access, utilising modules created in Visual Basic to analyse and export data to MS Excel. The database provides a user friendly environment accessible to all Lake Erie agencies to provide timely updates on the state of the Lake. Information is reported annually in the Lake Erie Forage Task Group report.