My name is Mitch Zischke, and I’m an
assistant professor at Purdue University and a fisheries specialist with Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant. I work with anglers and scientists and managers in Lake
Michigan to talk about recreational fisheries issues and promote
collaboration between those stakeholders. I’m a fish biologist and a fisherman, and
I can say that there are definitely weird things about both groups of people.
When I host workshops, it’s hard to tell who the fishermen are and who the
scientists are because they both look like they’ve just stepped off a boat.
It can be strange and sometimes challenging working with these groups,
but they do offer some really unique perspectives. Anglers will bring in photo
albums of their trophy catches, and it’s sometimes difficult to get those out of
the hands of the scientists, so I think it’s really valuable having all groups
there so that they can learn from each other.