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Educational programs coincide with Fish for All exhibit tour

May 26, 2000

KALAMAZOO -- Educational programs on topics including maritime law enforcement and the world of commercial fishermen will coincide with showings of the "Fish For All: Perspectives on the History of Lake Michigan Fisheries Policy and Management" exhibit currently touring Midwest museums.

The exhibit, which takes a historical look at the regulation of fishing on Lake Michigan, was developed by a Western Michigan University research team headed by Dr. Michael Chiarappa, assistant professor of history, and Dr. Kristin Szylvian, associate professor of history. It will travel to four museums in Michigan and Wisconsin now through March 2001. It is currently on display at the Dennos Musuem in Traverse City, Mich., where it will be until June 4.

The first of the educational programs, "Inside the Commercial Fisherman's World: A Visit to Leland's 'Fishtown;'" will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 3, in Traverse City, Mich. Beginning at the Dennos Museum, the program will include a tour of the Carlson Fishery in the historic Fishtown area. Chiarappa and fishery owner William Carlson will discuss the economic, political and cultural issues involving the regulation of commercial fishing, as well as the preservation of maritime landmarks and the influence of tourism.

Other education programs planned are:

"Cultivating the Great Lakes: Retrospective Views on Lake Michigan Fisheries Policy and Management," at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 22, at the Michigan Historical Center, 717 West Allegan St. in Lansing, Mich. The program, which will coincide with the Fish for All exhibit's opening at the Michigan State University Museum in East Lansing, Mich., will feature a panel discussion with key state and federal Great Lakes regulation policy officials who played an active role in fisheries policy making during the 1950s-70s. The exhibit opens at the MSU museum Sunday, June 11 and runs until Aug. 27.

"Law Enforcement on the Water: A Tour of the Patrol Boat 'Barney Devine,'" at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, on the docks of the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay, Wis. The program, which coincides with the Fish for All exhibit's opening at the Door County Maritime Museum, will give participants an opportunity to tour the converted fish tug and meet its captain and crew, as well as visit an exhibit on the role the crew of the 'Barney Devine' plays in fisheries law enforcement and ecosystem management. The exhibit opens at the museum Saturday, Sept. 16, and runs until Nov. 26.

"A Cultural and Historical Tour of the Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery" at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery on Fish Hatchery Road in Mattawan, Mich. The program, which coincides with the Fish for All exhibit's run at the Michigan Maritime Museum in South Haven, Mich., will feature a tour and discussion on the changes that took place at the hatchery during the 1920s-30s, when the facility was given money for improvements by the Izaak Walton League. The exhibit opens at the Maritime Museum Saturday Dec. 2, and runs until March 3, 2001.

The educational programs are sponsored by the Great Lakes Center for Maritime Studies which is a partnership between WMU and the Michigan Maritime Museum. Funding for the Fish for All project was provided by a grant from the Great Lakes Fisheries Trust.

For more information, contact the Great Lakes Center for Maritime Studies at (616) 387-4639.

Media contact: Marie Lee, 616 387-8400, marie.lee@wmich.edu

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