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Boats in Harbor Erie, PA

Virtual Workshop

April 12th-14th, 2021

The purpose of this workshop was to bring together experts to help identify the major gaps in knowledge about socio-cultural factors and values that are critical for improving understanding of socioeconomic impacts of Great Lakes fisheries and Great Lakes aquatic ecosystems, as well as to identify the research methods needed to fill these gaps.

UPDATE: Final Report is now available here

Below is a proposed path forward as identified in the report.

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This workshop was a collaborative effort, with support from many organizations including: Great Lakes Fishery Commission (GLFC), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and Michigan Sea Grant, as well as in-kind contributions provided by the International Joint Commission (IJC), University of Guelph, Council of Great Lakes Region, and Michigan Tech University. 
If you have any questions about the workshop, please contact the Stratos team (via email you can reach Guy Tenkouano (cc: Isha Mistry) at (cc:, or fill out the contact form at the bottom of the page)
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Workshop Documents

Workshop Resources


Summary Agenda

Detailed Workshop


April 12, 2021

(12:00-4:00 PM)

April 13, 2021

(8:45 AM-3:45 PM)

April 14, 2021

(8:45 AM-12:00PM)

Reference Material

Annotated Bibliography

Literature Categorization

References & Abstracts


Survey Results Summary

Workshop Materials


Literature Review

Survey Results

Full Workshop



Workshop Day 1

Workshop Day 2

Workshop Day 3 

Post-Workshop Materials

Final Report

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Click the speaker icons below to access their presentation. Note that there are no presentations for Day 3, but the recording can be accessed above.

DAy 1 - APril 12

Lydia Olander (Great Lakes Fisheries Valuation Workshop)

Lydia Olander

Lydia Olander directs the Ecosystem Services Program at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University and is an adjunct professor at the Nicholas School of the Environment. She leads the National Ecosystem Services Partnership, supporting efforts to integrate ecosystem services into decision making, studies environmental markets and mitigation, climate mitigation and resilience from natural and working lands, and sustainable infrastructure, and is working to expand engaged interdisciplinary sustainability science in academia.  She was an AAAS fellow in the US Senate, received her PhD from Stanford University and earned a master’s degree in forest science from Yale University.

Amanda Holmes in Fishtown (Great Lakes Fisheries Valuation Workshop)

Amanda Holmes

Amanda Holmes is Executive Director for Fishtown Preservation Society, a non-profit organization that owns and maintains Fishtown, a historic working waterfront in Leland, Michigan. Holmes holds a Ph.D. in Folklore and Folklife and a Certificate in Historic Preservation, both from the University of Pennsylvania. She received her undergraduate degree from Amherst College, and has studied cultural journalism at the Salt Center for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine. Her background in Folklore has led her to gather as many stories as possible about Fishtown, and to broaden her scope to capturing the stories of commercial fishing and fishermen from all over the Great Lakes.

Seth Moore (Great Lakes Fisheries Valuation Workshop)

Seth Moore

Seth Moore, PhD., has worked for the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa since 2005, he presently manages the Grand Portage Department of Biology and Environment.  Dr. Moore has worked on Great Lakes fisheries, wildlife, and environmental issues for over 29 years. He earned his PhD in Water Resources Science from the University of Minnesota (2008), a master’s degree in Environmental Biology also from University of Minnesota (1998), and a bachelor’s dual degree in Biology and Environmental Studies from Northland College in Ashland, WI (1994).

Matt Demille (Great Lakes Fisheries Valuation Workshop)

Matt Demille

Matt is the Manager of Fish & Wildlife Services with the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH), where he oversees the OFAH’s policy and conservation program teams, and serves as a political lobbyist at Queen’s Park and Parliament Hill. Matt holds B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in biology from Queen’s University, and has a lifelong passion for fishing and the outdoors.

Bill Taylor (Great Lakes Fisheries Valuation Workshop)

William (Bill) Taylor

Dr. Bill Taylor is a University Distinguished Professor of Michigan State University and Associate Director of Michigan Sea Grant. He also serves as the U.S. Commissioner (alt) for the Great Lakes Fishery Commission (GLFC), the Chair of the Board of Technical Experts (BOTE) for the Commission, as well as a Core Member of its Sea Lamprey Research Board (SLRB). He brings to these roles his expertise in fisheries ecology, population dynamics, policy, and management.

DAy 2 - APril 13

Vic Adamowicz (Great Lakes Fisheries Valuation Workshop)

Vic Adamowicz

Vic Adamowicz is the Vice Dean in the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences, and a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology, Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences, University of Alberta.


His research has focused on the economic valuation of environmental amenities and ecosystem services and the incorporation of environmental values into economic analysis – with applications to outdoor recreation, health, water quality, air quality, endangered species and agriculture.

Bonnie Keeler Outside (Great Lakes Fisheries Valuation Workshop)

Bonnie Keeler

Dr. Bonnie Keeler is an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs, where she is affiliated with the Center for Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy. Dr. Keeler works at the intersection of sustainability science and environmental economics, with particular expertise in water management and policy. 

Rob Southwick (Great Lakes Fisheries Valuation Workshop)

Rob Southwick

Rob Southwick is the founder of Southwick Associates. Since 1990, Southwick Associates has specialized in helping resource agencies, businesses and non-profits understand and explain the economics and motivations that drive fishing, hunting and nature-based outdoor recreation.

Patrick Lloyd-Smith (Great Lakes Fisheries Valuation Workshop)

Patrick Lloyd-Smith

Patrick Lloyd-Smith is an Assistant Professor in water and resource economics in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Saskatchewan and a member of the Global Institute for Water Security. His research applies economic tools to better manage natural resources and the environment. Besides academic work, Pat has consulted on numerous economics projects for Canadian governments and the World Bank.

Lisa Colburn (Great Lakes Fisheries Valuation Workshop)

Lisa Colburn

Lisa works as an applied anthropologist at NOAA Fisheries. She has a joint appointment with the Office of Science and Technology’s Economics and Human Dimension Program and the Social Sciences Branch at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center. Lisa received a B.S. in business administration from California Polytechnic University, a Master’s in intercultural administration from the School for International Training in 1990, and a Ph.D. in medical anthropology from University of Connecticut. Lisa received a Fulbright Scholarship and a Social Science Research Council Fellowship for her doctoral research in fishing communities in Northwest Madagascar.


Lisa is a leader in the national effort to develop quantitative indicators of fishing community vulnerability and resilience to changing fishery management and climate conditions. She recently co-designed a website and interactive mapping tool that models the indicators for nearly 4,600 communities in 24 states nationally. Her research interests include the development of indicators of climate change vulnerability for commercial and recreational fishing businesses,  community dependence on climate vulnerable species, and the rising age of fishermen. She has been involved in numerous hurricane disaster assessments. She is currently participating in an assessment of the impact of Covid 19 on East Coast fisheries.

DAy 3 - APril 14

Cameron Davis (Great Lakes Fisheries Valuation Workshop)

Cameron Davis

VP at GEI Consultants


Commissioner of the Chicago Metropolitan Water Reclamation Project

Vance Badawey (Great Lakes Fisheries Valuation Workshop)

Vance Badawey

Member of Parliament, Niagara Centre


Co-Chair of Great Lakes Task Force

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If you have any questions about the workshop, please contact the Stratos team:

Guy Tenkouano

Isha Mistry

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