Wisconsin Sea Grant is teaming up with partners to host a two-day conference on increasing tourism using Great Lakes fisheries as a springboard. It will take place on Monday, Sept. 21 and Tuesday, Sept. 22.

“The Great Lakes fishery is estimated at multiple billions of dollars annually,” Titus Seilheimer, Wisconsin Sea Grant’s fisheries specialist, said. “In addition to the whitefish and lake trout that’s harvested, the way of life of commercial fishing is a mark of maritime culture and heritage that could be converted into another coastal benefit. This conference will arm coastal leaders with the tools to build tourism and development in their communities on this fisheries heritage.”

Various speakers at the West Shore Fishing Museum in Menominee, Mich. (Monday’s agenda),  and the Best Western Riverfront Inn, Marinette, Wis. (Tuesday’s agenda), will offer information about Michigan’s Great Lakes Fisheries Heritage Consortium projects and partnerships, including current partnerships in fostering a statewide fisheries heritage tourism trail.

The Michigan trail explores people, fish and fishing through dozens of locations that are linked by the values of biodiversity, water quality, environmental change and the nature of aquatic ecosystems. It captures these concepts in the present day but also looks forward as well as celebrates the past way of life.

Students can attend for $10 and others for $30. Sign up and get further information here:http://www.miseagrant.umich.edu/explore/fisheries/great-lakes-fisheries-heritage-trail/great-lakes-fisheries-heritage-consortium-conference-details/

Partners in staging the conference include the Great Lakes Fisheries Heritage Consortium, Michigan Sea Grant and the West Shore Fishing Museum.