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Our Mission

The Great Lakes Fishery Commission was established by the Convention on Great Lakes Fisheries between Canada and the United States in 1955. The Commission has two major responsibilities:
  • To develop coordinated programs of research on the Great Lakes, and, on the basis of the findings, to recommend measures which will permit the maximum sustained productivity of stocks of fish of common concern; and
  • To formulate and implement a program to eradicate or minimize sea lamprey populations in the Great Lakes.


The Great Lakes Fishery Commission is made up of eight Commissioners (four appointed from each the United States and Canada) and one U.S. Alternate Commissioner. Commissioners of the Untied States are appointed by the President for six-year terms. Commissioners of Canada are appointed by the Privy Council and serve at the Council's pleasure.

(Updated May, 2004)
Canada United States
Peter Wallace, Vice-Chair Gerry Barnhart, Chair
John Davis Bernard Hansen
Robert Hecky Michael Hansen
Ray Pierce Craig Manson
  Bill Taylor, alt.


GERRY A. BARNHART (Appointed November 27, 2002)

Division Director
Division of Fish, Wildlife, & Marine Resources
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-4750
Phone: 518-402-8924
Fax: 518-402-8925

Gerry Barnhart is Director of the Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources in the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), a position he has held since October 1997. He holds an AAS degree in forestry from Paul Smith's College (1972) and a BS in fishery science from Cornell University (1974). He joined the DEC as a regional fisheries biologist in 1979 and has held various positions including Coldwater Unit Leader, Great Lakes Section Head, and Assistant Director. His association with the Great Lakes Fishery Commission dates back to 1981; he was chair of the Lake Ontario Committee in 1985. Gerry was a principal in the design and implementation of the experimental sea lamprey control program for Lake Champlain and has extensive experience in sea lamprey control in New York's Great Lakes waters and in the Finger Lakes.

Mr. Barnhart is a member of the American Fisheries Society, The Wildlife Society, and the International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. He has served as President of the New York Chapter of the American Fisheries Society; Secretary-Treasurer, Vice-President, and President of the Northeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Resource Agencies; and is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. Gerry's primary professional interests include strategic planning, performance-based management, integration of social and natural science in decision-making and policy development, and landscape-scale natural resource conservation. He is an avid angler, hunter, canoeist, hiker, and aviator. He and his wife Mary have three grown children.


JOHN DAVIS (Appointed October 31, 2000)
Dept of Fisheries and Oceans
Director General, Pacific Region
555 West Hastings
Vancouver, BC Canada V6B 5G3
Ph: 604-666-6098
Fax: 606-666-8956

Dr. Davis studied at the University of Victoria, obtaining his B.Sc. in Zoology in 1966. Subsequently he attended the University of British Columbia, where he received a Master�s in Zoology in 1968 and a doctorate in 1971. His graduate work centered on physiological studies of Pacific salmon and rainbow trout, particularly their cardiovascular and respiratory physiology and ability to carry out prolonged activity under stress. In 1971 Dr. Davis was hired as a researcher for the Fisheries Research Board of Canada at the Pacific Environment Institute, West Vancouver, B.C. where he conducted studies on the effects of pollutants on Pacific salmon and other species.

In 1979, Dr. Davis became Associate Director of the Pacific Biological Station, Nanaimo. In 1981, Dr. Davis became the Director General, Ontario Region, for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and began his first involvement with the Great Lakes Fishery Commission and the Science Advisory Board of the International Joint Commission. Dr. Davis subsequently moved to the position of Director General, Operations, Pacific and Freshwater Fisheries in Ottawa, and later as Regional Director of Science, Pacific Region. In this capacity, he was chief negotiator for Canada in the Pacific Salmon Treaty Yukon Negotiations, and through service on the International North Pacific Fisheries Commission (Japan, Canada, USA) as Canadian Commissioner.

In October 1998 Dr. Davis returned to Ottawa as Assistant Deputy Minister of Science for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. In that capacity he was responsible for the full spectrum of Science programs delivered in the Newfoundland, Laurentian, Maritimes, Central and Arctic and Pacific Regions and also the National Capital Region on behalf of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

In October 2001, after 3 years as Assistant Deputy Minister of Science, Dr Davis accepted the position of Regional Director General of the Pacific Region, where he remains and is responsible for all Fisheries and Oceans activities in the Pacific Region including the Yukon and Transboundary. Along with his responsibilities as Regional Director General, in January 2002, Dr Davis was appointed as Co-Chair of the Canadian Section for joint Canada/US Pacific Salmon Commission.


BERNARD J. HANSEN (Appointed September 16, 1994)
Alderman (Retired)
44th Ward, City of Chicago
1057 West Bellmont Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60657-3326
Ph: 773-549-4000
Fax: 773-525-5058

Bernard J. Hansen has served the people of Chicago as an Alderman for twenty years, retiring in 2002. He continues to hold the elected office of Democratic Committeeman of the 44th Ward, City of Chicago. Mr. Hansen played a critical role in expanding Chicago's economic base by attracting new business and industry, including $40 million of new business from Taiwan and South Korea. He has also been an innovative leader in establishing new tax incentives and loan packages to attract and retain businesses in Chicago.

Mr. Hansen is especially proud of his leadership role on the City Council for environmental and recycling legislation, which gave Chicago one of the most aggressive and workable recycling programs in the country. In 1993 the City Council passed the Burke-Hansen Ordinance, which guaranteed recycling opportunities for every resident and business in the City of Chicago. He also sponsored legislation that increased funding for private-sector recyclers and led efforts to extend Chicago's moratorium on the creation of new landfills. Because of these efforts, he has been honored by numerous environmental organizations, such as Operation Lake Watch.

Mr. Hansen was one of the City Council's most outspoken and effective supporters of Human Rights. He was a co-sponsor of the Human Rights Ordinance, which expanded protection against discrimination in housing and hiring to gays, lesbian and disabled persons, and sponsored an ordinance that provided more protection and assistance for victims of bias-related crimes in Chicago. In 1997, the City of Chicago passed an ordinance, which Hansen introduced, that extended health-care benefits to the domestic partners of gay and lesbian city employees.

A life-long resident of Chicago, Mr. Hansen attended the University of Chicago and has lectured there and at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.



MICHAEL J. HANSEN (Appointed July 2004)
Professor of Fisheries
College of Natural Resources
The University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
800 Reserve Street
Stevens Point, Wisconsin 54481-3897
Ph: 715-346-3420
Fax: 715-346-3624

Dr. Hansen, an expert in fish population dynamics, has a special interest in restoration of lake trout in the Great Lakes and in state-tribal co-management of walleye in inland lakes. He earned a B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin�Stevens Point, a M.S. from Cornell University, and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University. Four years before matriculating, he served as a sonar technician with the U.S. Navy out of San Diego, California. He joined the faculty of the College of Natural Resources at Stevens Point as an assistant professor of fisheries in 1996. His professional work also includes: associate scientist with EA Engineering, Science & Technology of Lincoln, Nebraska; Great Lakes sport fishery and treaty fishery specialists with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources; and chief of the section of Resource Assessment and Fish Community Dynamics within the U.S. Department of the Interior�s Great Lakes Science Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

At Stevens Point, Dr. Hansen continues to be a co-editor of the North American Journal of Fisheries Management. Much of his research there is in collaboration with the state of Wisconsin or through the University of Wisconsin�s Sea Grant Institute. He presently teaches introductory, advanced, and graduate courses on fishery science, fishery research, fishery management, and wildlife- and fish-population dynamics. He is very familiar with the workings of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission�he participated in and chaired the Lake Superior Technical Committee, served on two sea lamprey committees, chairing one, and currently holds an appointment to the Board of Technical Experts.



H. CRAIG MANSON (Appointed November 27,  2002)
Asst. Secretary for Fish, Wildlife & Parks
U.S. Department of the Interior
Interior Building
1849 C Street N.W.
Mail Stop 3156
Washington, DC 20240

Craig Manson assumed the office of Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks in the U.S. Department of the Interior in February 2002. He oversees the National Parks Service and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and is responsible for 384 National Parks and 538 National Wildlife Refuges covering a total of 178 million acres in the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, and American Samoa. He has responsibility for administration and enforcement of the Endangered Species Act and represents the Secretary of the Interior on various boards, commissions, and task forces. He previously served as a judge of the Superior Court of California in Sacramento from 1998 to 2002. Prior to that, he was General Counsel of the California Department of Fish and Game and practiced law in Sacramento.

A graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, Mr. Manson served on active duty in the Air Force from 1976 to 1989 and is presently a colonel in the Air National Guard. His military awards include the Legion of Merit and the Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster. He received his law degree with great distinction from the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, where he was named Outstanding Graduating Senior, served as Editor-in-Chief of the Pacific Law Review, and was elected to the Order of the Coif. He was a faculty member at his alma mater. He and his wife, Margaret, reside in McLean, Virginia.



RAYMOND J. PIERCE (Appointed October 27, 1998)
Exective Director Departmental Renewal
DFO Canadian Coast Guard
201 Front Street, N., Suite 703
Sarnia, Ontario Canada N7T 8B1
Ph: 519- 383-1825
Fax: 519- 464-5128

Born in Margaretsville, Nova Scotia, Mr. Pierce began his career as a fisherman, first as a Longliner in the Bay of Fundy and then as a Trawlerman working off Canada�s East Coast. He graduated from the Canadian Coast Guard College in 1974 and began his career as a professional mariner in the Canadian Coast Guard. He obtained his Master Mariner (H.T.) certification in 1976, his Coast Guard Command in 1977, and his Masters Foreign Going certification in 1981. During this period he held positions of increasing responsibility on various Coast Guard ships operating in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Arctic oceans. In 1979 he was promoted to the rank of Commanding Officer. In 1981-82 he was assigned to Headquarters as Superintendent, Operational Requirements and Polar Icebreaking.

In 1983, he resigned from the Canadian Coast Guard and joined BeauDril Ltd. as a shipmaster. In 1985 he was promoted to the position of Port Captain, Arctic Operations and a few months later to the position of Marine Superintendent for the company. In 1991 he became the manager of this successful marine company. During this period of �private sector experience� Capt. Pierce was also active in the field of advanced navigation and electronic charting with Offshore Systems International of Vancouver. He was an advisor to and director of this emerging public company.

In late 1992, Capt. Pierce resigned from BeauDril/Gulf Canada and rejoined the Canadian Coast Guard as Regional Director Ship Safety, Coast Guard Central Region. In January 1995, he was appointed as Regional Director General, Canadian Coast Guard, Northern Region. In September 1995, he was appointed Regional Director General, Central and Arctic Region, Fisheries and Oceans Canada with line responsibility for all DFO programs in this immense Region (including Sea Lamprey Control and Habitat Management). Capt. Pierce is currently executive Director of Departmental Renewal on a special project.


ROBERT E. HECKY (Appointed July 2004)

Professor of Biology
United Nations University Research Chair in African Great Lakes and Rivers
Department of Biology
University of Waterloo
Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA N2L 3G1
Phone: 519-888-4567 ext. 2820
Fax: 519-746-0614

Professor Hecky completed a B.S. in biology at Kent State University and a Ph.D. in zoology at Duke University before accepting a post-doctoral fellowship at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. He joined the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans as a research scientist in 1973 and become a research director for the Experimental Lakes Area in 1988. While with Fisheries and Oceans he led research projects in northern Manitoba on river diversion and hydroelectric development, in the Mackenzie Delta on northern oil and gas development, and in northwestern Ontario on effects of lake size and climate variability. In 1996 he accepted a position with the Canadian Department of the Environment and began research on Lake Erie. Shortly thereafter he accepted a professorship in the Department of Biology at the University of Waterloo where he currently works. Throughout his career, including during his Ph.D., Prof. Hecky has maintained research interests on the aquatic ecology and fisheries of Africa. In 1999 he took up the United Nations University Research Chair in African Great Lakes and Rivers at the University of Waterloo. He is a frequent consultant to the World Bank on environmental and development issues affecting the African Great Lakes and their fisheries.

Prof. Hecky was appointed to the commission�s Board of Technical Experts in 1999 and currently leads an initiative on Perspectives on Ecosystem Health in Great Water Bodies of the World. His current research interests on the North American Great Lakes address impacts of exotic species on near-shore processes and on food-web structuring and productivity, and he has graduate students working on lakes Erie, Ontario, and Huron as well as on the African Great Lakes. He serves on the editorial boards of several international journals and has authored and co-authored over 150 scientific publications.


WILLIAM W. TAYLOR (Appointed November 27,  2002)

Professor and Chair
Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Michigan State University
13 Natural Resources Building
East Lansing, MI 48824-1222
Phone: 517-353-3048
Fax: 517-432-3502

Dr. William W. Taylor, professor and chairperson of the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University, is an expert in fisheries ecology and Great Lakes fisheries management with a keen interest in environmental policy. From the Rochester, New York area, he received a B.A. from Hartwick College, an M.S. from West Virginia University, and a Ph.D. from Arizona State University. Under his tutelage the department, which he joined in 1980, has grown from 15 to more than 30 faculty members.

He formed the Partnership for Ecosystem Research and Management (PERM), a novel approach that applies research talent at Michigan State University towards solutions of natural resource management problems. From 1999 to 2001, he served as acting dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at MSU. Dr. Taylor also serves as associate director of the Michigan Sea Grant and was president of the American Fisheries Society, chair of the Board of Directors for the North Central Regional Aquaculture Center, chair of the Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council, member of the Science Advisory Board of the International Joint Commission, member of the Great Lakes Fishery Trust, and chair of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission�s Board of Technical Experts. His international experience includes attendance and presentations at professional conferences in Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Portugal, and Yugoslavia.


PETER WALLACE (Appointed February 5,  2001)
Deputy Minister and Associate of Secretary of the
Cabinet, Policy, Cabinet Office
Room 6420, Whitney Block
99 Wellesley St. W.
Toronto, ON M7A 1W3 CANADA
Ph: 416-325-3759
Fax: 416-3254-7631

 Peter Wallace was appointed Deputy Minister and Associate Secretary of the Cabinet, Policy, Cabinet Office, in February 2004. Prior to his appointment, he served as Assistant Deputy Minister of Natural Resource Management with the Ministry of Natural Resources, since February 2001. In his position he played a key role of overseeing policies and programs involving Ontario�s fish, wildlife, parks, lands and waters.

He is a native of Dundas and graduate of the University of Toronto, with a masters degree in public administration and bachelor of arts (honours) in political economy.

Mr. Wallace began his public service career in 1981 when he joined what is now the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade. He served in a number of capacities in that ministry, including Executive Assistant to the Deputy Minister.

Mr. Wallace was formerly Assistant Deputy Minister, Policy and Strategic Planning, Cabinet Office, and was seconded to lead the Environmental Health and Safety Project in Cabinet Office. He was assistant Deputy Minister, Program Management and Estimates, Management Board Secretariat, and has held senior management positions in the ministries of Finance, Treasury and Economics, Industry, Trade, and Technology and Management Board Secretariat.

Mr. Wallace is married and has two daughters. He is an avid runner, cross country skier and canoeist.


The Commission executes its management responsibilities with a Secretariat staff located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Secretariat serves as the primary interface between the Commission and those with whom the Commission interacts, directs program and business management efforts, and provides decision support on a wide range of issues.

The following is a list of secretariat staff:

Dale BurkettSea Lamprey Manager - Operations
Gavin ChristieSea Lamprey Manager - Strategic Planning
Marg DochodaFishery Biologist
Matt Engel Research Associate - Sea Lamprey
Randy EshenroderScience Advisor
Jill FinsterCommunications & Policy Associate
Marc GadenCommunications Officer & Legislative Liaison
Chris GoddardExecutive Secretary
Charles KruegerScience Director
Nancy Leonard Research Associate
Pat LewisOffice Manager
Heather LutzProgram Assistant
Robert MatthewsProgram Assistant
Allison Niggemyer Research Associate - Fisheries
Barbara StaplesAdministrative Officer
Roy SteinSenior Fisheries Scientist
Sean Wofford Accounting and Information Systems Manager
Hao ZhuangWeb Developer

U.S. Advisors

The Great Lakes Fisheries Act of 1956 authorized the appointment of advisors to the U.S. Section of the Commission "to examine and be heard on all proposed recommendations, programs, and activities relating to [the lake they represent]." The U.S. Section appoints advisors from each lake from a list provided by the Great Lakes state governors. Due consideration is given to interests of state agencies, the commercial fish industry, sport fishermen, and the public-at-large. 

Canadian Advisors

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has authorized the appointment of advisors to the Canadian Section of the Commission to examine and be heard on all proposed recommendations, programs, and activities relating to the fishery. 

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