Fisheries Heritage Trail Conference 2024

May 22, 2024 - May 23, 2024

Registration Deadline: May 17, 2024 - 12:00AM

Alpena, Michigan

Contact: Brandon Schroeder

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Fisheries Heritage Trail Conference 2024

May 22-23, 2024
Alpena, Michigan

Learn more about Michigan’s Great Lakes Fisheries Heritage Consortium projects and partnerships, including a newly launched regional fisheries heritage trail website. This educational program is open to everyone interested in promoting maritime heritage tourism and Great Lakes stewardship. Registration is $60 and includes lunch on both days (and the glass bottom boat tour).


Wednesday, May 22: Registration opens at 10 a.m., networking coffee, picnic at noon, and local tours at the Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan; followed by glass bottom boat cruise aboard the Lady Michigan and dinner on your own.

Thursday, May 23: Educational Great Lakes Heritage Trails Conference begins at 9 a.m. at NOAA Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Visitor Center. (coffee, lunch provided).

Lodging reservations

Don’t forget to make your lodging reservations! We have a block of rooms at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alpena 225 River St., Alpena, MI 49707. Use this booking link and input the conference dates to populate the discount. Group code: MSG Phone number: 989-340-1800.

Pre-conference field trips (free!)

Wednesday, May 22:
8 a.m. - Birding trip (walking tour) with Elliot Nelson - meet in Holiday Inn lobby (bring your binoculars).
8 a.m.- noon - USGS Hammond Bay Biological Station Sea Lamprey research and education tour - traveling from Alpena, departing 8 a.m. from Holiday Inn lobby (carpool or drive self) or meet at Hammond Bay Biological Station (if it is on your way) at 9:15. Address: 11188 Ray Dr, Millersburg, MI 49759

Please register by May 17. Registration is $60.

Sponsored by the Great Lakes Fisheries Heritage Network, Michigan Sea Grant, Wisconsin Sea Grant, Michigan State University Extension, NOAA Thunder National Marine Sanctuary, and the Besser for Northeast Michigan.

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