From the earliest
days, people have been drawn to the beauty, resources, and way of life found in
the Great Lakes. It is no secret why. The lakes are incredible in every sense
of the word. The people and these inland seas have been intricately intertwined
from the start. Perhaps the most dynamic relationship in that history has been
with the Great Lakes fishery—the focus of this book.
In this fourth edition
of The Life of the Lakes, we have
continued to review the Great Lakes fishery of the past; to outline the current
status of the Great Lakes fishery today; and to discuss fisheries issues
expected in the future. We have also provided an overview of freshwater ecology
and management. A new section provides a quick reference for each lake and
connecting channel, and there are more graphics and pictures, printed in full
color, to illustrate the story of the Great Lakes through time.
We hope you find The Life of the Lakes to be a valuable,
educational, and interesting resource for the Great Lakes fishery.
Brandon C. Schroeder and Dan M. O’Keefe are Michigan Sea
Grant Extension educators. Shari L. Dann is Associate Professor in the
Department of Community Sustainability at Michigan State University.