The partnership between Ohio Sea Grant and the Lake Erie Marine Trades Association (LEMTA) has again provided support for Lake Erie research, education, and outreach. Thanks to the offer by LEMTA to donate one dollar from each ticket purchased on Lake Erie Day at the Cleveland Mid-America Boat & Fishing Show in January, Sea Grant has received a check for nearly $1,500. The funds will be used to continue Sea Grant’s efforts to protect Lake Erie and educate the next generation of Great Lakes managers.
"LEMTA has been instrumental in many of our greatest achievements," says Dr. Jeff Reutter, Director of Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory, Ohio State University’s island campus on Lake Erie. "Through the booth space LEMTA donates to us at the boat show, we have been given a great outreach opportunity to teach the public more about the Clean Marinas Program, the Clean Boater Program, and the Shrink-Wrap Recycling Program. These are great ways for many people to do their part to protect and improve the Lake Erie ecosystem."
As the warmest, shallowest, and biologically most productive of the Great Lakes, Lake Erie is Ohio’s most valuable natural resource. More than 50% of all fish caught in the Great Lakes come from Lake Erie.
"I think the public sometimes underestimates the impact Lake Erie has on our economy and regional ecosystem," says Show Manager and LEMTA President Ken Alvey. "Part of our mission at LEMTA is to use the boat show to spread the word about great programs like Sea Grant. Our relationship has produced a lot of positive results and I am happy to donate part of our admission price to support research and education taking place at Ohio State. LEMTA’s members in large and small communities across the Lake Erie coast benefit greatly from Sea Grant initiatives."