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Tory Gabriel

Extension Specialist, Program Manager, Ohio Sea Grant College Program

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Tory A. Gabriel

Tory Gabriel

Extension Specialist, Program Manager, Ohio Sea Grant College Program.

As Extension Program Leader for Ohio Sea Grant, Tory oversees a team of educators and also serves as Fisheries Educator. His programming focuses on sustainable Lake Erie fisheries including the charter boat industry, sport fishing, and aquatic invasive species prevention.


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EXPERTISE / SPECIALIZATIONS
  • Fisheries
  • Habitat & Ecosystems
  • Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS)

Tory is the Extension Program Leader for Ohio Sea Grant and also serves as Fisheries Educator. His responsibilities include managing and providing programmatic direction to the Extension side of OHSG, while also focusing on research, education, and outreach on Lake Erie’s sustainable fisheries.

Tory interacts with a variety of Lake Erie stakeholders, and often works with groups associated with sport fishing such as charter captains and fishing associations. Youth education is also prominent in his programming to help build the next generation of Lake Erie stewards.

Major outreach efforts include the annual Ohio Charter Captains Conference, 4-H Sea Camp on Kelley’s Island, Lake Erie Sport Fishing course at Stone Lab, and hands-on workshops at youth events including sport fishing and aquatic biology. He’s also involved with field research on fish populations for several wetland restoration projects in the Lake Erie watershed.

Tory offers presentations on Lake Erie’s critical issues, including aquatic invasive species prevention. Always clean, drain, and dry all boats, trailers and equipment used in water and never release aquatic pets, plants or bait!

Professional memberships and committees include

  • American Fisheries Society and Ohio Chapter
  • Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals
  • Great Lakes Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species (Ohio alternate)
  • International Association for Great Lakes Research
  • Joint Council of Extension Professionals
  • Lake Erie Charter Boat Association
  • Ohio Academy of Science
  • Ohio Committee on Aquatic Invasive Species

Tory holds a bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology and a master’s degree in life science education from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. He began his career as an Ohio Sea Grant Extension Educator in 2008, and is currently based in the Ottawa County Extension Office in Oak Harbor.

Impacts and Accomplishments

Ohio Sea Grant partnered with other local conservation agencies to create an aquatic biology based workshop to provide interested high school students hands-on field experience and training.

A new partnership was forged with Kelley’s Island Historical Society, and as a result more than 2,000 visitors learned about the importance and vitality of the Lake Erie fishery in 2015. This historical background should foster an increased Lake Erie literate public, and stimulate better stewardship by the visitors.

Sea Camp on Kelleys Island has fostered personal connections and a sense of responsibility to Lake Erie for hundreds of Ohio teens and helped them grow into Lake Erie-literate people by providing hands-on experience with multiple recreational opportunities.

The third year of this region-wide effort showed continued success in the use of BMPs by influential professional tournament anglers, and they were more aware of AIS as a result of OHSG outreach efforts.

The educational efforts of Ohio Sea Grant in partnership with the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network resulted in thousands of individuals intending to change their behaviors and use what they learned about AIS in future decision making to prevent the spread of AIS.

Now in its 34th year and annually reaching 20-25% of licensed captains, the Ohio Charter Captains Conference helps Lake Erie charter businesses be more successful through training in business management, regulatory requirements, and environmental issues.

Ohio Sea Grant provides hands-on sport fishing experiences to hundreds of Ohioans with an end goal of enhancing their Lake Erie knowledge, stewardship, and encouraging further outdoor activities that improve health and well-being of Lake Erie residents.

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