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Tuesday, January 30 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Poster Display. A Look into the Future: The Aquatic Research Laboratory of the Great Lakes Science Center

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AUTHORS: Kevin Keeler, Peter Esselman, Greg Kennedy, Chuck Madenjian, Ed Roseman, Wendy Stott - U.S. Geological Survey, Great Lakes Science Center; Ted Lawrence, Great Lakes Fishery Commission; Kurt Newman, U.S. Geological Survey, Great Lakes Science Center

ABSTRACT: The U.S. Geological Survey Great Lakes Science Center (Ann Arbor, MI) is now home to a modernized state-of-the-art aquatic research laboratory. The facility provides access to new research technology and practices while demonstrating sustained partnerships with state and federal agencies. After two years of renovation costing nearly $3.0M, scientists began conducting research, making use of 20 high-tech recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS), 9 quarantine rack systems, 5 egg rearing systems (3 McDonald jar, 2 Heath tray incubators), and a new Loligo swim-tunnel respirometer. Each 1000+ gallon RAS contains two ultraviolet sterilization units, heat exchangers to regulate a wide range of temperatures (2°- 30° C) supported by two 20 HP chillers, biological filtration using bio-towers, mechanical filtration through sand filters, and clean water holding basins which use less water than typical flow-through research systems. Staff can provide 24/7 support and have remote access for monitoring water levels and changing temperatures along with integrated alarm systems. A backup generator also provides uninterrupted power to the laboratory.Current research has focused on multiple lifestages of Great Lakes fishes. A rearing study of Cisco is now moving into its second year of research. Exploration of lithophilic spawners (Lake Sturgeon, Lake Whitefish, Walleye) of the St. Clair-Detroit River System has pre-dated the current laboratory, and continues work utilizing the new space. Starting in mid-2017, testing of equipment began to determine the feasibility of a robot-assisted computer vision system to sample benthivorious fishes to aid in deepwater trawling efforts. In partnership with the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, the lab holds over 150 invasive Sea Lamprey for educational outreach events throughout the Great Lakes region. New research initiatives with the respirometer swim-tunnel include: creating new and evaluating existing bioenergetics models, developing sex-specific bioenergetics models, and determining fatiguing times for various species under a range of swimming speeds.

Tuesday January 30, 2018 6:00pm - 9:00pm CST
Ballroom C & Foyer

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