Forests for Fish Forum held Tuesday

ISHPEMING — Three speakers will be featured during the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ latest Forests for Fish Forum set for 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the River Rock Lanes and Banquet Center, 1101 North Road, Ishpeming.

Speakers will include Brandon Gerig, who will present “Dynamic linkages between forest and lake: The Lake Superior watershed.” Gerig is an assistant professor of fisheries biology in the Northern Michigan University Biology Department. He has studied fish populations in streams, rivers and lakes in the Great Lakes region, the Colorado River and Alaska.

Thomas Pratt, a research scientist with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (Canada), will offer “Everything is Connected: Life in the nearshore zone of Lake Superior.” He is a fisheries ecologist who works on a variety of issues, conducting research throughout the Great Lakes basin.

Shawn Sitar will present “Fishes in the Abyss: The offshore ecosystem of Lake Superior.” Sitar is a Michigan DNR fisheries research biologist specializing in lake trout and lake whitefish in the upper Great Lakes. He also is the project leader for the Research Vessel Lake Char and has led research expeditions to the far reaches of Lake Superior, below and above the surface.